By Shadrack Andenga Odinga
Arsenal football club might be in dire need of finances after acquiring Ghanaian international Thomas Partey half an hour before the transfer window closed on Monday.
According to Atletico Madrid, they were only informed by La Liga at 11:28pm Spanish time that Arsenal’s representatives had been at their Madrid headquarters that evening to exercise the player’s release clause.
This was only around half an hour before the transfer window closed. The Diego Simeone led sides were therefore less than happy with the situation.
They had offered Partey a new improved contract earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic, which he rejected.
The former Atletico Madrid midfielder was bought for 50 million euros and is set to be paid around 260,000 a week by the London club. This means that the wage bill, which was reportedly more than £200m last season, will increase.
Arsenal failed to offload William Saliba on loan or Sead Kolasinac to Bayer Leverkusen meaning they have 12 defenders on their books.
They have managed to get Gunnersaurus off the wage bill, although Ozil has offered to pay his salary out of his own pocket ‘while he is still an Arsenal player’…
According to The Times, Arsenal’s next move will be on the generous Mesut Ozil.
It is thought they will try and persuade the player to take a significant one-off payment to leave before his £350,000-a-week contract expires at the end of the season.
Arsenal would not pay the full value of his lucrative contract but a major part of it, the newspaper report.