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Report: Arsenal ready to meet Atletico’s demand for Thomas Partey on deadline day

According to Goal, the Gunners have indicated they are ready to pay the Ghana international’s £46 million release clause to sign him from the Liga side before the transfer window shuts down tonight. 

Partey has been one of Arsenal’s primary targets since the summer transfer window opened along with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has recently confirmed he will be staying with the French club for another year.

From the report, discussions with Atletico have taken place during the past few months, with Arsenal hoping to land the midfielder for a fee less than his release clause, but Atletico have consistently stated that the only way Partey will be leaving this summer is if his release clause is met. 

The Premier League side seem to have now compromised on their financial stance of not willing to pay such a high price for the midfielder. Goal reports that Arsenal’s legal team are now at the club’s London Colney training ground working to get the deal done. 

Speaking about possible additions to the team after Sunday’s 2-1 win against Sheffield United, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reassured fans that the club would try their best in bringing new additions to the squad before Monday night’s deadline.

“What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we are going to achieve it or not, I don’t know,” said the Spaniard, when discussing the possibility of bringing in new signings.

“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in. First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.

“I always try to be really honest and clear. Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.

“I have 100% backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality. Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”

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