Thomas Partey makes Arsenal transfer decision with Gunners set to meet release clause

Thomas Partey has reportedly told Atletico Madrid he wants to join Arsenal today. Partey, 27, has been linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the summer transfer window. The Gunners had not been prepared to pay the midfielder’s £45million release clause.

Atletico were not willing to negotiate a fee lower than the clause for Partey.

However, reports today claim Arsenal are now set to match Atletico Madrid’s asking price.

And Partey has decided he wants to join the Gunners, according to transfer expert Tancredi Palmeri.

Palmeri tweeted: “Thomas Partey has communicated to Atletico his will to join Arsenal.”

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Lyon star Houssem Aouar was Mikel Arteta’s priority target before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

However, Aouar confirmed at the weekend that he would be staying at Lyon this season.

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Chelsea ace Jorginho has also been linked with a move across London to the Emirates.

But it appears Partey is the chosen one to bolster Arteta’s midfield options.

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Arteta was coy about incomings following Sunday’s win over Sheffield United but insisted work was being done behind the scenes.

“Well I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want, whether that is sending someone on loan or bringing someone in,” Arteta said.

“We have a complete connection and cohesion between Edu and myself, the board and the ownership, so let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.

“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in.

“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.

“I think that I always try to be really honest and clear.

“Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.

“I have 100 per cent backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality.

“Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira is set to move in the opposite direction to Partey on loan.

Matteo Guendouzi could also leave the club on a temporary deal, with Hertha Berlin favourites to sign the Frenchman.

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