Arsenal Sign Thomas Partey From Atletico Madrid In Last Minute Deal

Arsenal have signed Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey before Monday’s transfer deadline, the club announced.

The midfielder completed a medical on Monday after the Gunners triggered his £45 million release clause.

The Gunners had retained an interest in the 27-year-old throughout the summer but Atletico had refused to budge from their valuation with Arsenal struggling to finance the deal as they sought to trim a bloated squad.

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey | Photo:

However, with Lucas Torreira finalising a loan move to Atletico in a separate transaction and Matteo Guendouzi joining Hertha Berlin on loan, the space was freed for Partey to complete a dramatic deadline day switch.

According to ESPN sources, Partey has signed a four-year contract with an option for a further year and will earn approximately £250,000 per week.

First-team manager Mikel Arteta made signing a central midfielder his top priority and had hoped to pull off a move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar but the Ligue 1 side were unwilling to lower their €60m asking price.

Arsenal had also enquired about Chelsea’s Jorginho but the Blues did not want to strengthen a domestic rival. Arsenal had scouted Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira as well but opted not to follow up that interest and he moved to Paris Saint-Germain instead.

That chain of events meant Arsenal circled back to a decision on whether to trigger Partey’s release clause.

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