The working relationship between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid seems to have been seriously affected following the transfer of Ghanaian international Thomas Partey from the former to the latter on the final day of the transfer window which ended earlier in the week.

Partey became an Arsenal player on deadline day after the Gunners paid the release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid.

According to Spanish football correspondent Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid are fuming over the conduct of the Gunners during the transfer.

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have been in talks over the player throughout the summer as the Gunners were trying to reduce his €50m (£45m).

The Gunners offered two player + cash deals for Thomas Partey but it was turned down by the Spanish La Liga club. The second offer involved Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira.

Atletico Madrid wanted to sign Torreira but were only ready to offer a loan deal plus option to sign permanently for £21m at the end of his loan transfer.

Guillem Balague said Atletico Madrid are angry that the Gunners didn’t contact them before activating the release clause of Thomas Partey.

Atletico Madrid were informed by the Spanish league body, La Liga.

Arsenal bypassed Atletico Madrid without any courtesy. The Gunners contacted the Spanish La Liga themselves to pay the release clause and sign the player.


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