Transfer deadline day: Arsenal make £45m move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey
- Gunners have indicated that they will pay Ghana’s international release clause fees.
- Arsenal has made £45m transfer deadline day move for Atleti midfielder.
- Manager Arteta reassured fans that the club will sign players before deadline time.
- Thomas Partey wants to move to Arsenal.
Gunners have shown that they will pay Ghana’s international release clause fees to sign him from La Liga side.
Transfer Deadline Day move
The Ghana international – who has a transfer condition of £45 million (€50m/$58m) – has been a need focus for the Gunners throughout the mid-year.
Conversations with Atletico have occurred during the previous barely any months, with Arsenal planning to land the midfielder for an expense not as much as his release clause, however, Atletico have reliably expressed that the main way Partey will leave this mid-year if that condition is actuated.
Arsenal group are currently at the club’s London Colney preparing ground attempting to complete the arrangement of Thomas Partey signing, says Charles Watts.
Talking about potential new signings after Sunday’s 2-1 win against Sheffield United, manager Mikel Arteta told fans that the club would do everything they can to add to the crew before Monday night’s transfer deadline time.
“What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we are going to achieve it or not, I don’t know,” said the Spaniard, when discussing the possibility of bringing in new signings.
“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in. First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.”
“I always try to be really honest and clear. Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.”
“I have 100% backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality. Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”
Thomas Partey has been one of Arsenal’s top targets this summer along with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has now confirmed he will be staying with the French club for another year.
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However, things are different in Madrid. Atletico Madrid does not want to lose their vital man, but Partey wants a move to Arsenal and has been waiting to see if a deal can be struck before the transfer deadline.
The Gunners have now made their late move and are trying to finalise the transfer before tonight’s 11 pm transfer deadline time.