Arsenal’s signing of Thomas Partey has left the club with an ‘irreparable’ relationship with Atletico Madrid following the north London side’s late move for the midfielder.
Mikel Arteta’s side secured the signing of the long-term target on the final day of the summer transfer window, completing a deadline day swoop for the Ghana international after activating the £45 release clause in the player’s Atletico contract.
Arsenal have held a long-standing interest in the 27-year-old and launched a late move after freeing up funds via the loan departures of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, making Partey the Premier League‘s most expensive deadline day signing in the history of the summer transfer window.
According to The Athletic, however, the Gunners’ move for Partey has angered Atletico Madrid who were given no notice by Arsenal of their approach, the Spanish side only informed by La Liga that the midfielder’s release clause had been activated.
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Arsenal had struggled to raise funds after failing to find takers for a host of players deemed surplus to requirements with the likes of Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac failing to secure moves away, whilst Mesut Ozil – outcast in recent months – remains at the Emirates on club-record wages.
The difficulty in moving on unwanted talent contributed to the late move for Partey, and the perceived blindsiding of Atletico has outraged Diego Simeone’s side, with a senior source reportedly suggesting the relationship between the sides was now permanently damaged.
Arsenal, however, are unlikely to care following the signing of a long-admired player who is set to provide an instant upgrade on their midfield options, Partey seemingly tailor-made for both the Premier League and a Gunners side lacking dynamism.
His arrival marks the end of a window in which Arteta has strengthened in key areas, the midfielder joining the likes of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes in moving to the Emirates as the club look to build a side capable of securing Champions League qualification.