It’s been a significant operating day at Arsenal, and it will end dramatically with the signing of Thomas Barte for $ 45 million.
Atletico Madrid midfielder topped Arsenal’s list of goals throughout the summer, but it took until the final hour of the window for the Gunners to move, which triggered a relegation rule in his contract.
As Arsenal rushed to finalize the deal before the 11pm deadline, the party is now finishing its treatment in Madrid and heading to London.
Personal terms have also been agreed with Ghana International, which is expected to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal.
When Leon pulled the plug on the negotiations, Michael Arteta and technical director Edu found that Housemour was looking for a downfall.
Such a substantial price will dominate the party’s acquisition agenda, but Arsenal have done other business today, with loan moves for Matteo Kunduz and Daniel Ballard confirmed.
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