Thomas Partey is on his way from Madrid to London to complete his transfer to Arsenal, per multiple reports. He has reportedly already undergone his medical, and personal terms have at least been fundamentally agreed to during meetings several weeks ago. While his wages have not been confirmed, I’ve seen anywhere between £200-250K per week, which is a substantial raise on his contract with Atletico Madrid.
Earlier today, the word from Atleti was that they had not received the “courtesy call” that the Gunners would be triggering the release clause. That apparently has now happened, leaving Diego Simeone miffed. He reportedly thought Partey was staying.
The mechanics of it are a bit strange. Arsenal don’t negotiate directly with Atleti. They inform La Liga that they will be meeting the clause, transfer the money to the player or his representative directly, and then the player buys out their own contract. [EDIT: it appears as if the money goes to La Liga, who then pass it along to Atletico Madrid. My apologies for not being an expert in Spanish football contract law].
Thomas Partey is now flying to London!— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 5, 2020
Atlético Madrid board have received the notification 1 hour ago from Arsenal for Thomas.#AFC are set to trigger the release clause for €50m tonight, race against time then... here-we-go ⚪️
Atléti will complete Torreira deal on loan.
Arsenal have until 11 PM BST to complete the deal, although as we’ve learned in past years, teams can send the Premier League a sheet with the basics of the deal that would allow the full, legal execution of the contract to happen after the deadline.
Let’s get this Partey started.