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Arsenal given Thomas Partey ultimatum by Atletico Madrid after £49.5m agreement, Arteta’s hint over Saliba

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Arsenal will not be able to sign Thomas Partey this summer following Alvaro Morata’s move to Juventus unless they pay his release clause, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Morata has rejoined Juventus on a season-long loan for around £8.2million, with the Old Lady having an option of making the deal permanent for a further £41.3m to take the total potential fee to £49.5m. Romano claims Atletico Madrid will have no financial need to sell another top player after Morata’s exit.

Arsenal have been interested in signing Partey throughout the summer window. However, Atletico have remained firm that they will not accept an offer lower than his £45m buyout clause. Atletico want to sign Arsenal star Lucas Torreira and the Gunners wanted to include the Uruguayan in a player-plus-cash deal for Partey.

But Atletico refused that proposal and only want Torreira on loan. The La Liga club’s financial situation earlier in the window meant they had to offload players before making big signings of their own.

And Romano says the departure of Morata means there is no longer the need of bringing in major funds. “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality,” Romano said.

“So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50m. “I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started!” he told Arsenal.com.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they’ve won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation. “I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.”

Arteta’s hint over Saliba

The latter only joined the club on Monday, but is available for selection. Saliba, meanwhile, appears to have impressed in training.

“I think William is doing really well,” Arteta said. “He is adapting to the country, adapting to our club. We have to bear in mind that he had a really challenging season last year with the amount of injuries that he had. “But he is a player that is going to be really important in our future, things sometimes take some time and we have to respect that.”

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