English Premier League (EPL) team Arsenal completed the biggest move of the transfer deadline on Monday, securing the signing of Thomas Partey from Atlético de Madrid.
“La Liga informed Atlético de Madrid on Monday at 11:28 p.m. that Arsenal representatives arrived at the headquarters of the football organization to comply with the termination clause of Thomas Partey,” read a statement on the Atlético de Madrid website. Madrid just before the midnight CET deadline.
“Thus, the player has unilaterally terminated the employment contract he had signed with the club until June 30, 2023.”
The deal is worth 50 million euros (45.37 million pounds).
Then Arsenal announced the deal on social media at 11:15 p.m. local time.
Under La Liga rules, all players must have a termination clause in their contracts and any club that wishes to activate it must deposit the full amount in the Spanish league.
The league organizers will release the player’s registration before passing the fee to the selling club.
Partey, 27, joined the Spanish team’s youth academy in 2012 and has established himself as an integral part of Diego Simeone’s team since he made his debut in 2015.
In a separate deal, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreria joined Atlético de Madrid on a one-season loan deal.
In addition, Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi left the Emirates Stadium and went on loan to Hertha Berlin.
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