By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Mikel Arteta’s quest to land his dream man – Thomas Teye Partey sooner rather than later could drag for a little while or could be totally off the table in the end as it happened in the case of Luis Suarez few seasons ago.

Atlético Madrid insist they’ll not take anything below the Ghanaian midfielder’s €50m [£45.5m] release clause, but penny-pinching Arsenal are also not willing to break the bank for their most wanted transfer target.

Arsenal have made two attempts in the past two weeks, but both SPORTS24GHANA.COM understand have fallen on a rocky Island.

Their first offer of €25m plus a player was rejected outright, but the Gunners returned with the same offer yesterday which the Spanish side turned down, insisting no amount of persuasion from Arsenal will make them sell their priceless asset on the low.

Every indication point to fact that the 27-year-old Black Stars midfield metronome from Odumase Krobo is willing to play for the Gunners as he has refused to sign a new lucrative deal that will keep him at Atlético Madrid, but Arsenal’s scrooge-like approach on the negotiation table could deter the Spanish club from doing business.