Arsenal have received positive news about their pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

Atleti were attempting to re-negotiate the Ghanaian’s contract which would have allowed them to increase his 50 million euros release clause.

The coronavirus pandemic had halted all talks between the two parties since March.

And the lingering financial impact of the pandemic has caused Atleti to put those talks on hold indefinitely, according to Marca.

The 25-year-old has no plans to force through an exit from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer, even though he would not reject the chance to join the Gunners.

So the ball is in now Arsenal’s court to meet the release clause and secure what would be a significant addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad.