Arsenal have attempted to include French midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi in a part exchange deal with Atletico Madrid to sign Ghanaian international central midfielder Thomas Partey, but to no avail, according to sources contacted by Get French Football News.

As reported by Fabrizio Romano earlier on Monday night, Arsenal’s bid to Atleti for Partey was €25m plus a player – it is our understanding that this player was the 21-year-old former FC Lorient man, who has been frozen out of proceedings by manager Mikel Arteta since the third game of the Premier League restart, after Guendouzi’s behaviour during the London club’s defeat to Brighton.

Arsenal have relatively few bankable assets in the squad this summer with which they can use from a position of relative strength as make-weights in possible swap deals – Guendouzi is front and centre.