December 8, 2021

Arsenal sign Partey from Atletico for £45m

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Arsenal have signed Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day after meeting his £45m release clause.

Partey signed a deal at the Emirates after he completed his medical and paperwork just before Monday’s 11pm deadline.

The Ghana international has been a key player in Diego Simeone’s midfield since breaking into the first team from Atletico’s academy in 2015.

Sky Sports’ Paul Merson says he almost fell off his chair after hearing Arsenal are expected to pay Atletico Madrid’s £45m release clause for Thomas Partey, adding he would be a great signing for his former club

He becomes Arsenal’s seventh signing of the summer, with the club having already signed Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and defender Gabriel from Lille for £27m.

The Gunners also agreed permanent deals for defenders Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, who had been on loan at the club, and extended the loan deal for Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid for a second year.

Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson was the club’s sixth signing, joining from Ligue 1 club Dijon on a four-year deal.

Partey impressed against Liverpool during the Champions League last 16
Image: Partey impressed against Liverpool during the Champions League last-16 tie last season

In recent weeks, Arsenal also moved for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar but after their offer was rejected they turned their attention back to the Atletico midfielder.

Lucas Torreira has moved in the opposite direction to Atletico Madrid in a loan deal until the end of the season and Matteo Guendouzi has signed for a German club Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.

Guendouzi joins Hertha Berlin on loan

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.

The French midfielder has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal since their 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20, where he was involved in a post-match altercation with Neal Maupay.

Guendouzi, who joined the Gunners from Lorient in 2018, is under contract at the Emirates Stadium until 2022.

The 21-year-old has played 82 times for the club in all competitions, scoring once and making five assists since his debut in August 2018.