English champions Manchester City have reportedly enquired about the possibility of signing Ghana international Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
The 25-year-old holding midfielder is purported to being considered as alternative to Brazilian Fenandinho, 33, whose absence (injury-forced) in the last two games has seen Pep Gaurdiola’s side slump to successive defeats in the ongoing Premier League.
News of City’s interest in the Black Stars player comes from Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry, speaking on The Transfer Window podcast.
According to McGarry, Guardiola is considering Partey as a potential January addition.
“I’m told that City have enquired to Atletico Madrid about Thomas Partey, who, for me, is one of the most exciting and most effective holding midfielders in European football at this moment in time,” he said.
“He would be my choice for Pep Guardiola in terms of bringing someone in going forward and remember that City were very much in the market for Fred, the Brazilian midfielder who signed for Manchester United in the summer, so this is not a position which Guardiola is just suddenly waking up to in terms of it being deficient.
“He’s been looking at this for a year now or more and unusually City have not really responded or reacted properly to this.”
Thomas Partey has been a fringe player at Atletico Madrid this season, and recently told Gol (via AS) that he is struggling with his role. He said: “Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico.
“You have to play in the important games to feel happy, to feel stronger and more confident.”
However, as Thomas Partey is under contract with the club until 2023, he may prove to be an expensive target for the Citizens.