Despite the fact that the Gunners had been connected with a transfer for the Ghanaian midfielder since the beginning of the window, Atletico Madrid were left shocked by developments on Monday. Enjoy reading Arsenal complete the signing of Thomas Partey.
On Monday afternoon, the player’s attorneys arrived at LaLiga headquarters to complete the formalities of the contract, although his representative was then expected to be present later in the evening.
Diego Simeone has been left without one of his most reliable midfielders, and it is assumed that Los Colchoneros are disappointed by Arsenal’s lack of notice that this was going to happen, especially after having been in close touch with them in recent days to secure the loan for Lucas Torreira.
Issues over an extension of the contract at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano first alerted Arsenal to the possible availability of Partey, since his existing deal in Madrid was set to expire in June 2023.
Partey repeatedly refused the offers of Los Colchoneros as he believed they did not respect him highly enough, although he had initially hoped to remain with the club that gave him his chance in Europe.
Interestingly, and a core part of this situation, is the fact that despite being one of Simeone’s most used players in terms of minutes on the pitch, in terms of senior players, he was at the very lower end of the club’s payroll.
Throughout the summer, Juventus and Arsenal were interested, but it seemed as though neither of them were willing to pay the full £50M needed to remove Partey from the Spanish capital.
This mentality also filtered through to the player, who had committed himself to concentrating on the 2020/21 season with the Spanish giants regardless of his conflict with the behind-the-scenes hierarchy, but the tremendous effort of Arsenal on the deadline day made this agreement a fact.