Arsenal want to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid before the transfer window shuts on October 5.
Mikel Arteta is dreaming of pairing Partey alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield.
Yet while the Ghana international is uncertain about his future, Spanish newspaper Marca say he won’t be trying to force a move away from the club.
The 27-year-old already snubbed one offer of a new contract and wants more money to commit his future to the Spanish side, who would love to keep him.
But while that gives The Arsenal boss hope, it seems the Gunners’ only way of securing his signature is to pay his £44.5million release clause.
The Gunners are trying to offload several players to raise funds, with money in short supply over at the Emirates Stadium in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Sokratis could be shown the door, alongside the likes of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil if suitable offers for the five arrive.