Thomas Partey’s late £45m transfer to Arsenal has left Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone raging after he planned to use the midfielder in pairing with Lucas Torreira

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Arsenal left it until the last few minutes to sign Thomas Partey on deadline day
Gunners triggered the 27-year-old’s £45million release clause at Atletico
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was certain the midfielder would be staying
Argentine even held tactical talks with incoming Lucas Torreira, involving Partey
Diego Simeone has been left seething at Arsenal following the late deadline-day deal that saw key midfielder Thomas Partey depart Atletico Madrid after the Gunners triggered his release clause.

Partey was a key part of Simeone’s plans at the Wanda Metropolitano this term, but the club were powerless to keep hold of him after Arsenal swooped in with a £45million deal in the final minutes of deadline day.

According to ESPN, he has put pen to paper on a four-year-deal with an option for a further year having made 188 appearances across five years in Spain.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘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.’

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