Thomas Partey’s father, Jacob Partey, has urged his son to accept any offers that come with promises of big money.

The Atlético Madrid midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, with reports that the Gunners are ready to activate his €50m release clause.

Indeed, yesterday his father claimed that his son had already confirmed talks with Arsenal were underway and the matter of paying his release clause was being discussed at the Spanish club.

This was quickly shot down by Partey’s agents, who denied any contact with Arsenal and that the only talks they’d held were over a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Partey Snr has now responded and, while not explaining his comments, insists he will advise his son to follow the money should it be on offer.

“I will advise him on any day to move from Atletico Madrid when there is big money because that is his chosen job,” he told Bryt FM, relayed by Ghana Web.

“The truth is that there is life after football. As a father, I always want the best for my son; I don’t want him to struggle when he calls it a day. 

“So, if a club decides to sign him and the money involved is good, I will advise him to move.

“It will be prudent for my son to make a move that will make him rich and also do investments.”

Whether such a big-money offer from Arsenal does present itself this summer remains to be seen.

At this point, there has undoubtedly been enough smoke to suggest that there is interest from the Emirates, but how powerful the fire is debatable.

The Gunners are hardly flush with cash, particularly after the Coronavirus epidemic. If Partey is sat waiting for a mega offer to come from Mikel Arteta’s side, he may end up sorely disappointed.