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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.
Welcome to the Partey!
:wave: @Thomaspartey22#NoThomasNoPartey pic.twitter.com/009Er2kZBK
- Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 5, 2020
El @Arsenal deposita en LaLiga el importe de la cláusula de rescisión de Thomas Partey, que extingue de forma unilateral su contrato con nuestro club.
- Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) October 5, 2020
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.
Tan seguro estaban el Atlético y SIMEONE de que Thomas se iba a quedar que al llamar a Torreira para contarle cómo quería jugar le mencionó al jugador ghanés en su idea táctica.
Simeone jugó con Thomas como titular en 2/3 partidos esta semana.
El enfado de Simeone es de ÓRDAGO
- David Vinuesa Malbac (@Dvinuesa) October 5, 2020
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.
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.
"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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