English Premier League side Arsenal has completed the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on a long-term deal after paying his 50m euros (£45.3m) release clause. The 27-year-old Ghanian midfielder made 35 league appearances and scored three goals for Atletico Madrid as they finished third in La Liga last season.
Thomas Partey has played a total of 188 games for Diego Simeone since joining them in 2011. Partey’s deal involves Uruguay 24-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira moving to the opposite direction and joined the La Liga side on loan. Arsenal has been linked with Partey, who has 29 international caps, throughout the summer transfer window.
Partey won the 2017-18 Europa League and 2018 Super Cup with Atletico and signed a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2018, until the end of June 2023. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “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. “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.”