The 26-year-old is available this summer, given that he has a release clause of €50 million (£44.7m).
He told SilverFM, via the aforementioned report: “Any team that meets Atletico’s demand will be able to sign my son, and not specifically Arsenal.”
However, Partey is said to be open to remaining at the Wanda Metropolitano, and is hoping to be offered a renewal by the Spanish club.
Clearly, Partey believes he has the option of remaining in Spain and that may throw a wrench into the plans of his suitors.
It may not be as simple as merely triggering his release clause; that only wins the club the right to discuss terms with him, and is no guarantee of securing his signature.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major influence on the finances of various clubs, this might end up being one that got away, again.