Arsenal correspondent David Ornstein has given an insight into the pursuit that led to the signing of Thomas Partey at the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day.
David Ornstein, formerly of BBC Sport and now The Athletic, disclosed that the Gunners had been interested in the Ghanaian international since 2018. He added that the Premier League giants were patient till they got their man.
Arsenal were said to have laid the groundwork for them to make a clean swoop on deadline day.
The North Londoners had already agreed personal terms with the player a long time ago before paying his Atletico Madrid release clause on the last day of this summer’s transfer market.
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Arsenal activated the €50m (£45m) release clause in the player’s contract at the new Wanda Metropolitano before medicals and paperwork were completed.
It was the biggest transfer on the last day of transfers but it was smooth sailing for Arsenal who have been preparing for the deal for two years.
Partey is now fourth on the list of most expensive Arsenal players.
He has been handed the jersey number 18 at Arsenal after penning a long-term deal.
The Ghanaian international midfielder is in line for his Arsenal debut away to Manchester City next week.