- Thomas Partey has been linked with a move to join Chelsea this summer
- Rio Ferdinand stated that signing the Ghanaian star would be great for Chelsea
- Partey is also a target for Premier League side Arsenal
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Premier League side Chelsea to beat Arsenal to the signing of Ghana international Thomas Partey who plays for Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners have been monitoring the progress of the 27-year-old defensive midfielder since last season with the aim of luring him to the Emirates stadium.
But Arsenal have been struggling to meet up with Atletico Madrid's asking price for one of the biggest African superstars.
Chelsea on the other hand have been spending big even before the start of the season as owner Roman Abramovich wants his side to win titles this term.
The Blues have payed out more than £200m on the likes of Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner.
Rio Ferdinand is now of the views that signing Thomas Partey will be great for Chelsea this summer so as for him to be a cover up for N'Golo Kante.
"I think a huge thing for them is to stop conceding goals.
"I think Frank would have looked at it last season and three of the back four that will be playing today are new players.
"Getting someone like that in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nulifying the goals against,'' Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport according to UK Mirror.
Chelsea have picked seven points so far this season in the Premier League.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Mikel Arteta who is the manager of Premier League side Arsenal is reportedly shifting his attention to the signing of Chelsea star Jorginho before the close of transfer window.
This is a result of Lyon's refusal to do business with the Gunners over the signing of super midfielder Houssem Aoaur.
Houssem Aoaur was named in the Lyon squad for their clash with Marseilles this weekend which suggests he is part of their plans for this season.
Arsenal will only pay in installments and the French club are not happy with those conditions coming from the North London side.
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