Arsenal have officially signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners activated his release clause with LaLiga, paying €50m for the 27 year old midfielder. In a statement, the Spanish side – reportedly unhappy at the way the deal went down, said “LaLiga has communicated to Atletico de Madrid this Monday at 11:28 pm that representatives of Arsenal have appeared at the headquarters of the football organization in order to exercise the termination clause of the footballer Thomas Partey.
“In this way, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract that bound him to our club until June 30, 2023.”
He has long been a target for the club, recommended strongly by former Head of International Scouting, Francis Cagigao. Arsenal did explore other midfield options during this transfer period, including Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, but a lack of incoming funds via sales has restricted spending.
Partey joined Atletico in 2011, and had loan spells at Mallorca and Almeria before establishing himself in Diego Simeone’s side. He made 188 appearances in all competitions, scoring 16 goals, creating 12 assists, and picking up just one red card despite the role he plays in midfield.
He has 27 international caps to his name also.
Welcome to Arsenal, Thomas.
Reaction from the Arsenal side to follow.