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05 October 2020 18:32

Arsenal have reportedly told Atletico Madrid they will pay the £45million release clause of Thomas Partey.

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Hello and welcome to the Arsenal transfer live blog on football.london. It's transfer deadline day, and for the Gunners it's their final chance to bring in any new players from abroad. Mikel Arteta's side continue to show their progress following yesterday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium. But one more signing today could really set Arsenal up for a fantastic season, and names carry on being linked. Thomas Partey looks like the Gunners' main transfer target now, with the Houssem Aouar deal reportedly dead.

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We expect to hear a lot more on the Atletico Madrid star, as well as other transfer stories, right here - so stay tuned. We will have all the latest news, views and rumours throughout deadline day in our blog below. Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey could receive a boost before even arriving at the Gunners. Arsenal have reportedly made La Liga aware they will activate Partey's £45million release clause before tonight's 11pm transfer deadline. The Atletico Madrid star could sign a four-year deal at the Emirates.

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Arsenal set to complete deadline day deal for 'next Ibrahimovic' Partey currently wears the No 5 shirt at Atletico, which is occupied at Arsenal by Sokratis Papastathopoulos. However, reports claim Partey's favoured jersey could soon be freed up. John Solano of Roma Press claims Sokratis is now a serious option for the Serie A side. Solano wrote on Twitter: "#Sokratis of #Arsenal is now a concrete option in these final hours, a member of the entourage of the Greek defender confirms it @ASRomaPress". Arsenal have been linked with three midfielders over the past week but they have opted to go for Thomas Partey over Houssem Aouar and Jorginho.

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Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth has explained how the Gunners reached their conclusion. Arsenal draw up Thomas Partey medical plan as Gunners to pay clause Partey was Mikel Arteta's primary target at the start of the summer but then his interest faded. Flash back seven days and it appeared Arsenal were closing in on a deal for Aouar. Lyon rejected the north Londoners' first two offers, the highest thought to be around £36million. Deadline day blog: All the updates as Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool hunt deals The French side originally placed a £55m price tag on the 22-year-old's head but then dropped it to £45m and set a deadline of last Friday.

When Arsenal failed to raise their bid Lyon ruled out making a sale and both the player and club released statements saying a deal is off. Arsenal have reportedly told Atletico Madrid they will pay the £45million release clause of Thomas Partey. Ghana international Partey has been linked with a move to the Gunners throughout the summer window. And now it appears a deal is close to being completed. Arsenal were previously not willing to pay £45m for Partey and even tried to include Lucas Torreira - who is set to join Atletico on loan - in a deal. Atletico refused to negotiate any fee lower than Partey's release clause. But now ESPN editor David Cartlidge claims Arsenal have informed Atletico they will match the £45m asking price. As well as Torreira, Arsenal are also set to let Matteo Guendouzi leave the club on loan to join Hertha Berlin. TOP STORY: Transfer deadline day LIVE: Man Utd medical, Arsenal, Chelsea, every done deal