Partey Joins Arsenal
Arsenal have completed the signing Thomas Teye Partey from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day after meeting his £45m release clause. Partey signed a long-term deal at the Emirates after he completed his medical and paperwork just before Monday’s 11pm deadline. The 27-year-old will wear the No 18 shirt and will join up with his new team-mates next week after he returns from international duty with Ghana. He has been a key player in Diego Simeone’s midfield since breaking into the first team from Atletico’s academy in 2015.
Partey 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.
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.