Thomas Partey’s father, Jacob, has confirmed Chelsea were interested in signing his son prior to the midfielder’s deadline-day move to Arsenal.
There wasn’t really a race for the 27-year-old’s signature in the summer. Atletico Madrid clearly didn’t want to sell. The only way to sign him was to pay his release clause, which was reportedly £45 million.
A report from The Telegraph said Chelsea sent their scouts to watch the Ghana international with Frank Lampard looking for a defensive midfielder.
But the report added the Blues were only going to make a move if they could sell some fringe players, which they failed to do. Arsenal then triggered Partey’s release clause on deadline day.
However, according to Partey’s father, the midfield enforcer could have been a Chelsea player. He said his family were waiting for an offer from a “bigger team” than Arsenal.
His father Jacob told Ghanaian outlet Joy Online: “We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team [would] come for Partey.
“We were aware of the [other teams that were interested] – Juventus, Chelsea and so forth.
“So about all these, we knew God was with us.”
Obviously, having spent more than £200 million (Daily Mail) in the summer transfer window, Chelsea were understandably reluctant to splash the cash for another blockbuster signing while having plenty of midfield options.
Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu left on loan deals. However, mostly because of the current transfer climate, Chelsea failed to offload any players permanently. Even outcasts such as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses.