Arsenal: Fabrizio Romano reveals why he thought the club would not sign Thomas Partey

Partey was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer transfer window, however, the midfielder’s €50 million (£45.3 million) release clause appeared to be a significant obstacle in the transfer, as reports suggested that Mikel Arteta’s side had ‘indicated’ they would not be willing to pay the clause.

In late Septemeber, Romano himself stated that Atletico were ‘not going to negotiate with Arsenal for Thomas Partey’ and that the LaLiga side were ‘convinced’ the midfielder would remain at the club.

Then, on October 5, with the 11pm transfer deadline fast approaching, Romano claimed that Atletico Madrid had not ‘received any attempt or bid from Arsenal’ for the 27-year-old, that the club were ‘still convinced’ the midfielder would be staying and that there were ‘no negotiations’ regarding a transfer taking place between the two clubs.

However, the deal did end up going ahead, with Arsenal eventually paying the release clause for the midfielder with just ‘hours to spare‘ in the transfer window, landing Partey on a four-year deal.

The transfer was one subject of conversation on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast, with Romano…