Date published: Thursday 8th October 2020 4:40
Arsenal technical director Edu has revealed that the club were working on a deal to sign Thomas Partey for over half a year.
Thomas was Arsenal’s top target for the summer transfer window, but it took them until deadline day to sign him, when they activated his €50m release clause.
The former Atletico Madrid midfielder will refresh Mikel Arteta’s midfield options, having signed a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
While Arsenal left it late to get the deal done, Edu insists they have wanted the Ghana international for a long time.
“One day I would like to show the fans how we work, or how we worked because if you saw my plan six or seven months ago when I did it with Mikel, Thomas was there already,” he told www.arsenal.com.
“So you see how many months we had to try to find the right player for the club.
“So many things to do, so many meetings, we had to see how we were going to buy the player, if we had the financial situation to buy the player, the legal process, the financial process, talk to the player, talk to the agent, so there are a lot of things around this but in the end we did it!”
‘It is a huge investment’
Asked when he became confident that Arsenal would sign Thomas, Edu replied: “When I received the green light from the board and the owners.
“To be fair, it is a huge investment for this moment which we are in now and of course we need the green light from them.
“When I showed my plan to them, they were so excited, they understand the plan and pressed the green button and then I felt very, very confident because it is not easy to invest a lot of money in this period of time.”
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