Arsenal are ready to sell to raise funds for Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield by bringing in the Atletico Madrid stalwart before their Premier League campaign begins against Fulham on September 13.

The 27-year-old has mentioned his desire to play in England in the past, but the Gunners do not yet have the £43m available to match his release clause.

Should they find it, the Ghana international could become the third summer signing at the Emirates after Willian joined on a free from Chelsea and Gabriel signed for £27m from Lille.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey wants to play in the Premier League
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey wants to play in the Premier League

The Mirror have now reported that Arsenal are willing to sell as many as three first-team players to fund a deal, and still haven’t given up hope of a fourth in Mesut Ozil.

The adds that report that although Atletico are not interested in Matteo Guendouzi, they are still hoping to offload him elsewhere.

Sokratis is another player that is set to leave, with Serie A side Napoli in talks over a £3.5m deal.

Rob Holding is set to join Newcastle, which would be another small addition to their outgoing budget.

Matteo Guendouzi could have played his last game under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
Matteo Guendouzi could have played his last game under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

Earlier this week Arteta insisted that his team needed to improve their consistency, as he looks to start the new season how they ended the last with FA Cup glory.

He said: “I believe we are closing the gap but one thing is to do it in a short period of time, and another is to be able to sustain it for 10 months.

“We know this league, how competitive and challenging it is. We are in the right direction. We are trying to assess in the market to improve our balance in certain positions and improve the quality as well.

“But my biggest fight at this club is to convince these players we can fight with these clubs in the long term, and that they are better than what they showed last year. Let’s try to do that. That’s my job.”

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Rob Holding and Sokratis are also set to leave the club before the window closes
Rob Holding and Sokratis are also set to leave the club before the window closes

Before adding of the win over Liverpool in the Community Shield: “Two days ago we started to have players back in training and I didn’t hear one excuse like: ‘Oh Liverpool had two weeks [training] in Austria, better preparation...’ None of that.

“When I was in the dressing room I had the feeling they believed we could win. They didn’t feel any fear.

“They had a lot of respect for Liverpool but they wanted to really go for it and believed they could win another trophy.

“And from the first minute they showed quality and courage on the pitch.”