Arsenal are reported to have gone behind Atletico Madrid to secure the signature of Thomas Partey by activating his release clause with La Liga on the deadline day.

Atletico Madrid received official confirmation from La Lga that Thomas Partey’s release clause was paid by the North London outfit at 10.28 pm, 32 minutes before the window closed.

It was also understood that the La Liga outfit were left furious after learning of Thomas Partey’s transfer move, stating that they were not given any notice. A senior source at the club was also reported to have described Arsenal’s approach as “incredible”.

There are also fears that the relationship between the two clubs could go cold as a result of this development but do Atletico Madrid have the oral right to make any claim?

It would be recalled that the club had severally made it clear that Thomas Partey will not be leaving the club until his release clause is activated, which Arsenal eventually did.

The Spanish La Liga outfit also stressed that there will be no negotiation for the £45 million fee that has been slated for the player, hence the Gunners approached La Liga as there was no need for any negotiation with Atletico Madrid.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.