Arsenal tipped to sign shock Thomas Partey replacement as Saudi Arabia plans move

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey
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Gilberto Silva has tipped Arsenal to consider a move for Manchester United midfielder Casemiro if Thomas Partey leaves the club this summer.

Partey, 30, has been linked with a move away from the Gunners this summer after struggling with injuries and game time last season. In fact, the Ghanaian started just nine Premier League matches and missed around four months of action with hamstring and groin issues.

Reports suggest that Partey has been approached by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) in connection with a move to an unspecified club in the Saudi Pro League. PIF has direct control of the 'big four' in Saudi Arabia, which are Al Ahli, Al Ittihad, Al Hilal and Al Nassr.

If Partey, who has one year left on his contract at the Emirates, is sold, then ex-Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has recommended boss Mikel Arteta to try and sign Casemiro from United.

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When asked if Casemiro would be a good signing at Arsenal if Partey leaves, Gilberto said: "Casemiro could be a good fit for Arsenal, let’s wait and see what happens.

"It would be very interesting if Thomas Partey left the club. If that spot becomes available then it would be interesting to see Casemiro there, he would bring a very strong and stable option to their midfield."

Casemiro, 32, could leave United in the summer transfer window as Erik ten Hag tries to reshape his midfield. Like Partey, Casemiro is being eyed up by the Saudi Pro League as a potential recruit, but the Brazilian hinted last month that he is hoping to stay in the Premier League, after a difficult season with United.

He told Sky Sports: "I feel very well, very well. I'm really well, I feel healthy, with energy and the same mentality I always had. I guess people end up talking about the age factor, but it's been proven.

"Recently, our friend Thiago Silva, at the age of 39 coming here and showing that, yes, you can play. The previous Ballon d'Or winners were over 34.

"At Man City, there's Kevin De Bruyne. (Mo) Salah at Liverpool. I think age is not an issue, it is not a factor in this, but analysing one's game and knowing about everything that is happening around the game.

"But I'm well, I'm happy, living every day I get to play here. As I usually say, Manchester United gave me what I wanted. This joy of being able to enjoy the game, enjoy the Premier League. So, I'm happy to be here at Manchester United and enjoying the game."

Gilberto Silva was speaking exclusively as part of bet365’s Copa America coverage.