Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Ghana International Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
The 27 year old joins Mikel Arteta’s side after his £45 million release clause was triggered by the London side.
Partey spent eight years at Atletico, and played a key role as Diego Someone’s side won the 2018 UEFA Europa league.
Arsenal announced the deal on their official twitter handle on Monday. He has been assigned the number 18 shirt for the 2020/2021 season.
Partey becomes the most expensive Ghanaian transfer in history, surpassing Michael Essien’s £22 million pound move from Lyon to Chelsea back in 2005.
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta revealed that the club has been interested in the 27 year old for a while, and says he’s eager to begin work with the player.
“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad,” he said.
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.”