Thomas Partey will actually cost Arsenal £6million more than his £45m release clause because of VAT, according to reports. The Gunners are hoping to bring the Ghanaian to the Emirates before the transfer window shuts.
The window closes at 11pm tonight and having missed out on Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, Arsenal have made a fresh bid for Atletico Madrid’s Partey.
The 27-year-old is keen on a move to north London having not penned the contract extension that has been on the table for several months.
And Arsenal are hopeful of submitting the paperwork in time to get a deal across the line with a team of lawyers hard at work at the club’s training ground to complete a swoop.
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The Gunners must pay Partey’s release clause in a £45m lump sump but the Guardian say that because of value-added tax, they will actually pay just shy of £51m for the African.
That would make his price tag just shy of the fees Arsenal paid for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But the north London outfit appear to now have the cash to fund a move and are hopeful of Partey having a medical this evening in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
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The Guardian say if a deal is completed, Partey will put pen to paper on a four-year £250,000-a-week contract at Arsenal.
Personal terms are expected to be a relative formality with the player eager to join up with Mikel Arteta’s Champions League-chasing side.
Partey would become Arsenal’s seventh summer signing after Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Dani Ceballos and Runar Alex Runarsson.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson told Sky Sports News of a possible move for Partey: “I think he’s a top, top player.
“I almost fell off my chair for £45m – I don’t think that’s a lot of money at all for the quality of player you’re getting in.
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“The one thing he brings as well is discipline. He’s played at Atletico Madrid, who are the most disciplined team in Europe.
“He’s not a midfielder who goes running all over the place and think where has he gone, he’s very disciplined, plays in a disciplined team.
“I think he’d be a great signing. I love what Arteta is doing, trying to get rid of the players that aren’t involved, don’t want them hanging around. Fair play.
“There’s an identity with Arsenal, you know what they’re trying to do.
“I think they overplay a bit too much, but when you get someone like Partey in and [Dani] Ceballos, I like what they’re doing.
“I think Arteta’s very good, and I’m gonna say it, I think Man City are missing Arteta.”
Arsenal are hopeful of bringing in Partey in as they allow Matteo Guendouzi to join Hertha Berlin on loan, with Lucas Torreira also set to move to Atletico in a loan move with the Spanish side having an option to buy the Uruguayan for £22m in 12 months’ time.
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Asked about more incomings and outgoings after a Premier League win against Sheffield United on Sunday, Mikel Arteta said: “I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, that we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want.
“Whether that is sending people on loan or bringing someone in, we have complete connection between myself, Edu, the board and the ownership, Let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.
“I don’t know [if I expect a signing]. What I can guarantee is that we are doing our maximum for that to happen, whether we will achieve it I don’t know.
“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short.
“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to compliment each other and this is what we are trying to do.
“I always think I try to be, even when I’m here, really honest and clear.
“Believe me, believe me, the ownership, the board, Edu and myself are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and sustain and keep the players that are in this club and make this club successful.
“I have 100 per cent backing from them and it’s not just words, it’s reality. Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I wouldn’t say that. But I say it because I feel it.”
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