Arsenal have signed Ghanaian international midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on a four-year deal.
The 27-year-old star, who had been linked with the Gunners since the beginning of the transfer window, joined on the last day with Arsenal paying his release clause of 50 million euros.
He becomes the club’s fourth major signing after the arrivals of defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, former Chelsea winger Willian and goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from French team Dijon.
Apart from Partey, the North London club was also linked with Lyon’s midfielder Houssem Aouar, whose deal was not successful.
Partey started his professional career at Spanish club Atletico Madrid in 2013, going on loan to Mallorca and Almeria, before returning to Atletico in 2015.
He went on to make 188 appearances for the club in which he won both the Europa League and Super Cup in 2018, and was a Champions League runner-up in 2016.
Last season, Partey made 46 appearances for Atletico, playing a key role in their third-place finish in La Liga and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that Partey is a player they have been tracking for a while and as a club, they were thrilled to seal his move.
“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad. He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years,” Arteta was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”
Partey will wear the No. 18 shirt and will join up with his new teammates next week after he returns from international duty with Ghana.