One of Arsenal main targets for this summer is Thomas Partey as the Gunners want to buy the 26-year-old Ghanaian midfielder.
However, Atletico Madrid are more willing to offer Liverpool a swapping deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Mikel Arteta hopes that Arsenal will sign Partey once the transfer window is reopened.
The defensive midfielder has a £45 million release clause in his contract and Atletico have doubts that the Gunners are able to afford such a fee given the financial blowout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
It was reported that Thomas Partey wants to move to the Premier League and a switch over the coming months is highly expected.
But Arsenal might not be the destination that the Ghanaian will go as Atletico Madrid are willing to offer a swap deal to Liverpool for their midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The reports claim that Atletico want a straight swap deal involving Partey and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to let the England international move from Anfield as he is a key member of the squad.
Thomas Partey has spent his entire career with the Spanish club as he progressed from the reserve team to the senior squad in 2015 and since then he has been a major part of Atletico's team.
He has made nearly 200 appearances for Diego Simeone's squad as this season he has played in 24 games and scored two goals in LaLiga.