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Atletico Madrid 'Upset' Over Thomas Partey's Move To Arsenal

Atletico Madrid 'Upset' Over Thomas Partey's Move To Arsenal

Atletico Madrid are said to be 'upset' over the manner in which Arsenal have agreed a deal for Thomas Partey.

After being linked with him all summer, the Gunners have triggered his £45 million release clause on deadline day. However, Diario AS are reporting that Atleti are not happy with the way in how the transfer has been completed.

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Arsenal haven't exactly done anything wrong given rules in Spain stipulate that a club simply has to deposit the release clause at the La Liga headquarters - but the Spanish outfit feel as though the club and player should have told them they were going to.

In addition, manager Diego Simeone is reported to have been left "very angry" over Partey's departure given he planned to pair him with Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguayan has headed to the Wanda Metropolitano in a loan deal that contains an option to buy, but Simeone had conversations with him about how he and Partey would link up.

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The Gunners had looked Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and even explored Chelsea's Jorginho as an option before going all in on Ghanaian international Partey.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson reckons Arsenal are getting a very good deal, so much that he "nearly fell off my chair" after being made aware of the fee.

He told Sky Sports: "I think he's a top-draw player. I nearly fell off my chair, £45 million, I don't think that's a lot of money at all for the quality of player you are getting here.

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"The one thing he brings as well. Discipline. He has played at Atletico Madrid, who are one of the most disciplined teams in Europe and he would do that.

"He's not a midfield player who goes running all over the place and you are thinking, 'Where has he gone?' He is very disciplined. I think he would be a great signing."

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Topics: Thomas Partey, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid

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