Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a major boost after transfer target Thomas Partey refused to rule out a move.
The defensive midfielder, 25, had an impressive season for Atletico Madrid and has a release clause of £43.5million.
Partey, who has 17 Ghana caps, admitted: “I don’t know what the future holds.”
He told BBC Sport: “It’s hard for me to talk about transfers because the next minute it will be like ‘Thomas is trying to leave’ but for me playing football is what makes me happy.
“I keep saying I am lucky to be at this level now because I know people who play harder and work harder than me but are nowhere close to being here.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me but as long as I play and they are happy with me here then there is no need flirting with others.
“So the only thing that would make me unhappy will be not playing. I think most footballers can understand that not playing is the greatest torture any professional footballer can go through.”
Partey scored three goals and added six assists in all competitions as Atletico finished second in La Liga last season.
The midfielder, who joined Atletico from Odometah as a 19-year-old, is set to link up with his international team-mates ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana are in a group with Benin, Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau.