Paris Saint-Germain have made Thomas Partey their number one transfer target after Ivan Rakitic’s decision to stay at Barcelona rather than head to France.
The Croatia international was among those targeted by the Ligue 1 champions as they seek to bring another creative influence onto their books.
But the 30-year-old shunned their advances and is now ready to commit to fresh terms at Camp Nou.
The big spending Parisians have now shifted their focus to the Ghanaian international who has seen his place in Atlético Madrid team thrown in doubt following the arrivals of Thomas Lemar and Rodrigo Hernández in the summer.
With Thomas Tuchel lining up an irresistible offer, Partey holds all the cards in what could be a tug of war between both clubs for his services.
By Daraja Mutari