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Thomas Partey ‘flying to London’ as Arsenal race to finalise £45m transfer

Thomas Partey is flying into London as Arsenal race to push through an 11th hour transfer for the midfielder.

Atletico Madrid have held out all summer, telling the Gunners to cough up and meet the player's release clause.

Partey has been a long-term target for Arsenal but his €50m (£45m) release clause was deemed to hefty in recent months.

Arsenal changed their stance, agreed to cough up the required cash and are now trying to land the 27-year-old hours before the summer transfer window slams shut.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano explains that Partey is now flying to England to secure his move to Mikel Arteta's side.

"Thomas Partey is now flying to London!" he tweeted.

"Atlético Madrid board have received the notification 1 hour ago from Arsenal for Thomas.

"#AFC are set to trigger the release clause for €50m tonight, race against time then… here-we-go."

Arsenal's number one target had been Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

But the Frenchman stayed at the Ligue 1 after the Gunners missed the Friday deadline set by Jean-Michel Aulas.

Chelsea's Jorginho had also been on the club's shortlist before they opted to pay up for Partey.

Speaking this weekend following the 2-1 win against Sheffield United, Arteta admitted he was desperate to land more targets.

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"I am confident we know exactly what we want to do. We are trying our best to finalise the deals. Let's see what happens. I cannot comment [on players]. At the moment there is nothing definite.

"I cannot discuss the players we want. We recognise certain positions we are short in numbers and quality.

"I'm really happy with the players that I have, that is my job. Whatever we can add, of course, we will try to do it but we have to be realistic. It's a give and take. Whoever jumps on the boat will be welcomed. We all share the same ambitions, we have a clear direction."

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