Ex-Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng is not in support of Thomas Partey’s possible transfer to Arsenal.
Arsenal have been the front-liners for the signature of the Ghana International.
Partey, 27, is already serving his seventh year at Atletico Madrid where he has made a mark for himself, eventually attracting huge interest from the English Club.
Reports claim the Gunners are willing to do good business to secure the €50million-rated midfielder by involving either Mattéo Guendouzi or Alexandre Lacazette in a swap deal.
Despite the growing interest from the English Club, Boateng has urged his countryman not to join Mikel Arteta’s side due to a possible absence from the Champions League.
“(Arsenal) are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting…If (Partey) wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League or else he will lose everything,” the former Fulham star told Joy FM.
“He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time. You can make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy,” Boateng advised.
“I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move.”
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is said to be in the search for Thomas Partey’s replacement.