Arsenal make £45m move for Atletico Madrid’s Partey




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Arsenal have made a late move sign Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid before tonight’s transfer deadline.

international – who has a release clause of £45 million (€50m/$58m) – has been a priority target for Gunners all summer.

Discussions Atletico have taken place during past few months, Arsenal hoping land midfielder for a fee less than his release clause, but Atletico have consistently stated that only way Partey be leaving this summer is if that clause is activated.

 

Arsenal have previously indicated that the release is too high, but Goal has been told that stance has now changed and Arsenal are willing meet the clause and have indicated such La Liga, who the player’s registration.

Arsenal’s legal team is at the club’s Colney training ground working to get the done.

Speaking about possible incomings after Sunday’s 2-1 win against Sheffield United, boss Mikel Arteta reassured fans that the club would be doing all they can to add to the squad before Monday night’s deadline.

 

“What can guarantee is that we are doing maximum for that to happen, whether we are going to achieve it or not, don’t know,” said the Spaniard, when discussing the possibility of bringing in new signings.

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 this club .

“I have 100% backing 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.”

Partey has been one of Arsenal’s top targets this summer along Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has now confirmed he be staying with the club for another year.

Atletico do not want to lose their midfielder and have given him assurances that he be handed a new contract once the financial difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic begin to lessen, but as previously reported by Goal, Partey a move to Arsenal and has been waiting to see if a can be struck.

The Gunners have now made their move and are trying to finalise the transfer before tonight’s 11pm deadline. (Goal)