Edu has revealed that Thomas Partey was on Arsenal’s transfer wishlist seven months ago when he first put together his plans with Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal secured the signing of Partey on deadline day when they activated the £45million release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.
The Gunners had to move swiftly to get Partey into the club before the 11pm deadline. An outline of personal terms had already been settled but aside from agreeing his contract Arsenal also had to conduct his medical and make arrangements to deposit the £45million lump sum in one go at La Liga headquarters.
Though the deal was only struck in the dying minutes of a window where Atletico had refused to enter into dialogue, Arsenal’s pursuit of Partey was long-standing. Indeed even before Edu arrived the Ghanaian midfielder was a top target and he remained such when the technical director and Arteta formulated their plans for the summer window.
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“One day I’d like to show the fans how we work,” Edu said. “If you see my plan of six or seven months ago with Mikel, Thomas was there already.
“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.
“You have to see how you’re going to buy the player, if you have the financial situation to buy the player, the legal process, the financial process, talk to the player, talk to the agent.
“There are a lot of things around this but in the end we did it.”
Asked if he was always confident that Arsenal would get their man, Edu added: “When we received the green light from the board and the owners, yes.
“Of course it’s an important player, to be fair it’s a very huge investment for this moment we’re in now. We need the green light from them.
“When I showed my plan to them it was so exciting, they understood…