That way, the north London club were able to bypass negotiations with Atletico, who had stood firm on the release clause all summer, by paying up at the La Liga headquarters.
Atletico confirm the news on Twitter
Atletico confirmed the news on Monday night by tweeting that Partey had unilaterally terminated his contract by way of the release clause being released, essentially announced the move in tandem.
The tweet read: “@Arsenal pay Thomas Partey’s buyout clause at LaLiga headquarters. The player has unilaterally terminated his contract with our club.”
The news was followed by confirmation that Lucas Torreira will be moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan, which come as scant consolation for the bypassed Spanish side.
Then, approximately 15 minutes later, Arsenal reiterated what had already been revealed in Madrid by way of declaring #NoThomasNoPartey with a fantastic announcement video on Twitter.