Atlético Madrid have offered the midfielder Thomas Partey a new deal until 2025 in the hope of fending off bids from rival clubs, including Arsenal.

The Premier League club has expressed the strongest interest so far in the 26-year-old Ghanaian. Arsenal have yet to submit an official bid although they have made contact with the player’s agent. Partey has a release clause of €50m (£43.6m) and the Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is keen to add him to his squad in the summer.