4.15pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey MEDICAL in Madrid, Guendouzi to Hertha, Auoar BID, Jorginho LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL look set to get their man after contacting LaLiga to confirm they WILL pay Thomas Partey's £45m Atletico Madrid release clause.

And the midfielder is now reportedly undergoing a medical in Madrid with a view to signing a deal with the North Londoners before tonight's 11pm deadline.

Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer deadline day news and updates below…

  • sstreet

    CALL OF DUTY

    Atletico Madrid know NOTHING about Arsenal paying Thomas Partey's release clause, according to Guillem Balague.

    But fear not, Gunners fans, Arsenal do not have to let the Spanish side know in order to push the transfer through.

    The North Londoners have already notified LaLiga of their intentions. However, Atletico are still expecting a courtesy call.

  • Kiro Evans

    MERSE MOURNS GUNNERSAURUS

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been paying tribute to Gunnersaurus in his own inimitable way.

    Arsenal announced they parted ways with the beloved mascot this morning and ex-Gunner Merson was devastated.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    PARTEY STATS

    Here are Thomas Partey's numbers this season.

    No goals or assists to write home about this season, but it's his defensive stability and ability to run the ball from deep which stands out.

  • Kiro Evans

    THE REALITY OF THE RELEASE CLAUSE

    Arsenal are edging closing to Partey after they reportedly activated his release clause – but what are they and how do they work?

    A release clause – or buy out clause – is a set fee that a buying club can pay a selling club in order to contractually oblige them to offload a player.

    Release clauses are not compulsory but are almost universally applied because players without one would be able to go to court to buy themselves out of their contract.

    That would create uncertainty for all parties and therefore, both players and clubs are keen to agree release clauses in advance.

    Partey's release clause is set at £45m.

  • sstreet

    WILF HE OR WON'T HE?

    Atletico Madrid could be set to use the money accrued from the sale of Thomas Partey to sign the man who was once Arsenal's top target.

    The Guardian's Ed Aarons states that Wilfried Zaha is not expected to move to Everton but that Atletico could provide a shock alternative option.

    Diego Simeone will, however, not bid for Zaha unless a deal for Thomas Partey goes through, handing Atleti a £45m windfall.

  • sstreet

    TOR DE FARCE

    Thomas Partey seems almost certain to join Arsenal from Atletico Madrid now, but what about the man who is set to move the other way?

    Lucas Torreira is in Madrid as we speak and has passed his medical ahead of a loan-to-buy deal.

    However, the Spanish club will reportedly not sign him until Hector Herrera has left.

    And the Mexican is said to be reluctant to rejoin former club Porto – the frontrunners to get him.

    So should the 11pm deadline pass, Torreira could be trudging back to North London for an awkward reunion with boss Mikel Arteta.

  • sstreet

    TOM TO GO

    Thomas Partey is set to undergo a medical in Madrid, the Athletic reports.

    David Ornstein and James McNicholas report that the Gunners have agreed to pay Atletico Madrid's £45m release clause and want everything ready in order to complete the deal by 11pm tonight.

  • sstreet

    SURPRISE PARTEY

    Sources close to Arsenal are surprised that the club have been able to meet Thomas Partey's release clause, according to reports.

    The Athletic's David Ornstein and James McNicholas state that Gunners staff had been operating under the impression a number of players would have to be sold to push the transfer through.

    But it turns out that the £20m sale of Emiliano Martinez may be enough.

  • sstreet

    HE'LL BE SAUR-LY MISSED

    Arsenal's loss could be Sevilla's gain.

    The Europa League winners have expressed an interest in signing free agent Gunnersaurus via their English Twitter account.

  • Kiro Evans

    IS HE GHANA JOIN?

    As Arsenal fans loose their minds over the revival of the Partey deal, the player has been busy modelling Ghana's kit ahead of the international break.

    The hope for Gunners is that he will be modelling a new kit soon…

    View this post on Instagram

    New Ghana kits 🇬🇭🔥

    A post shared byThomas Teye Partey (@thomaspartey5) on

  • sstreet

    GUEN-DONE-ZI?

    Hertha Berlin are set to announce a signing and it is believed to be Matteo Guendouzi.

    Fabrizio Romano reports that the season-long loan deal is “done and official”.

  • sstreet

    GUN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

    Has Gunnersaurus been sacrificed to secure the signing of Thomas Partey?

  • Kiro Evans

    IT'S ON

    Arsenal are reportedly set to pay Thomas Partey's buy-out clause, overcoming the biggest stumbling block of the deal.

    For weeks the Gunners have avoiding activating the clause – believed to be around £50m – but with the window closing at 11pm tonight, it looks like they are finally acting.

  • Kiro Evans

    ER WILL HE GO?

    Online whispers that Inter Milan are willing to let ex-Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen go out on loan have sent Twitter into overdrive.

    Despite his Tottenham connections, many Arsenal fans appear keen

  • Kiro Evans

    PARTEY TIME?

    It's game on in the Thomas Partey deal, reports say, as Arsenal make a final, last-ditch attempt to bring him in.

  • Kiro Evans

    GUNNAR BE SAD

    The sadness over Gunnarsaurus's departure continues to spread across social media.

    In fact, it is still one of the top trending topics under beneath Deadline Day.

  • Kiro Evans

    SEAD STAYS?

    There is little hope Arsenal can get Sead Kolasinac out before the deadline, reports say.

    Arsenal's horror end to the transfer market is continuing as they fail to shift players seen as excess to requirement, but there is still time left.

    Meanwhile, Fulham are angling themselves into pole position to loan William Saliba according to the Telegraph.

  • Kiro Evans

    MAKESHIFT MESUT

    Comedian and Arsenal fan Jack Whitehall has a suggestion for the future of Gunnersaurus after this morning's shocking news.

  • Kiro Evans

    'THEY WONT SELL HIM'

    Arsenal and Chelsea's pursuit of Thomas Partey is looking increasingly bleak, according to one La Liga expert.

    Atletico Madrid have a good deal of business to finalise on deadline day but Partey will likely not be involved, according to La Liga TV's Semra Hunter.

    She told Sky Sports News: “Lucas Torreira is in Madrid, he had his medical a couple of days ago and he is ready to go, he passed that with flying colours.

    “The problem is Atletico Madrid have to offload someone at the very least, it looks like it will be either Thomas Lemar or Hector Herrera or a combination of the two. But neither have a transfer deal in the works.

    “When it comes to Thomas Partey, Atletico have said he is untransferable and they won’t sell him, but if Chelsea or Arsenal are interested, they will have to pay his release clause of £50m.

    “As of right now, that hasn’t been activated and he is staying put. Atletico are counting on Partey and they have to get rid of someone else in order to make Torreira official.”

  • Kiro Evans

    WILLOCK BROTHER TO QPR

    QPR are signing former Arsenal prodigy Chris Willock from Benfica for £750,000, Duncan Wright reports.

    The 22-year-old forward has decided to move back to London after
    struggling to prove himself in Portugal.

    Willock, brother of Gunners star Callum, spent part of last season on loan at Huddersfield but despite interest from the Terriers opted to move to QPR.

  • Kiro Evans

    NO PARTEY

    Atletico Madrid believe Thomas Partey is going nowhere as time runs out for Chelsea or Arsenal to land a deal.

  • Kiro Evans

    GUNNARSAURUS-EX

    Arsenal have AXED mascot Gunnarsaurus after 27 years as the club does more cost-cutting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    In the most surprising transfer move of deadline day so far, Jerry Quy, the man inside the costume since its birth in 1993, has been let go by Emirates chiefs.

    Having already made 55 non-playing staff redundant in August, the Gunners have now told their iconic mascot to pack his bags as part of their streamlining measures.

    With football fans still banned from stadiums, clubs across the world have been counting the cost.

    And with no supporters to entertain, Arsenal have deemed Gunnersaurus' job surplus to requirements.

  • Kiro Evans

    READY TO GUO

    Matteo Guendouzi is having a medical ahead of a Hertha Berlin loan move, reports say.

    The Arsenal outcast has not appeared for the club since June and has only recently returned to training with the first team.

    Manager Mikel Arteta appears ready to ship him out and Herta Berlin are close to securing him on a season-long loan, according to Sky.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    EXCLUSIVE

    Furious Gareth Southgate will tell his England players to stop embarrassing themselves.

    Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were pictured breaking Covid rules by going to a party – despite six people being the limit of socialising.

    Southgate will hammer home the point to the players at a team meeting at St George’s Park ahead of Thursday’s match with Wales.

    Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden broke lockdown rules in Iceland by inviting two women to their hotel.

    Southgate was already planning to address his squad that includes several uncapped and inexperienced players.

    The England boss will not “read the riot act” to his players but will warn them firmly they have to behave.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal will be able to add to their squad before Monday's transfer day deadline.

    The Spanish boss was quizzed about the Gunners' plans during his press conference after the 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

    He said: “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.”

    Several Arsenal players are also set to leave the club, according to reports.

    Arsenal are braced to lose defender William Saliba to Fulham on loan – but the newly-promoted side face competition from Rennes, reports suggest.

    The Gunners want the £27million defender to get valuable game time – and see that happening away from the Emirates.

    While Matteo Guendouzi is set to move to Hertha Berlin on loan, according to Get French Football News.

    The season-long loan doesn't include a permanent deal to buy in the summer, the report reveals.
    It is also claimed that Arsenal won't be receiving a loan fee.

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