• Midfielder’s release clause set to be met before close of window
  • Partey will sign four-year deal worth £250,000 a week

Arsenal have made a dramatic late move to meet the release clause of Atlético Madrid’s Thomas Partey, who could now join in a £45m transfer before the close of the transfer window.

Partey has been wanted by Arsenal for several years and was, along with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, Mikel Arteta’s top target. The cub has been struggling to land either player, with funds at a premium, but are understood to have expressed an intention to meet the fee for Partey and if all goes to plan a medical could take place in Madrid this evening.

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