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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey ‘makes it clear he would like to move to Arsenal’ once window opens

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has has decided he wants to join Arsenal at the end of the protracted season, according to The Telegraph.

The Ghana international produced a fine performance against Liverpool before sport was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, and he wants to move to England when the transfer window does eventually open.

Mikel Arteta had identified Partey as a transfer target earlier in the season, with the Gunners boss hoping to convince the board to strike a deal for the 26-year-old when football returns to normality.

The report claims Arsenal could consider a swap deal, offering coveted striker Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico with Partey arriving at the Emirates Stadium.

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In the current market Arsenal are unlikely to trigger Partey’s £45million release clause, but the player’s desire to join the club could accelerate negotiations.

Last month Partey’s father, Jacob, said the Atletico star had entered talks to sign for the Gunners, but the player’s agent dismissed these claims as ‘totally untrue.’

However, Arteta has made it a priority to strengthen Arsenal’s defensive midfield options, with Partey coming in to challenge Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka.

Partey has been an important member of Diego Simeone’s team in LaLiga this season, starting 21 matches and scoring twice, but the Wanda Metropolitano club are prepared to listen to offers this season.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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