Thomas Partey’s father has revealed that Chelsea and Juventus were interested in signing his son before Arsenal completed a dramatic deal on deadline day.
The Ghana international sealed a move to the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal agreed to activate his £45 million release clause last Monday.
A deal was pushed through, with a medical completed in Madrid before the midfielder jetted to London to put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract.
Partey was Arsenal’s number one target with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta intent on signing a dynamic central midfielder before the window closed.
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But speaking to Joy News Online, Partey’s father Jacob revealed Juventus and Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea were also interested in his son, before Gunners technical director Edu orchestrated a memorable deadline day swoop.
“We actually weren’t disturbed by anything because we hoped a bigger team will come for Partey,” he said.
“We were aware of the [other teams that were interested: Juventus, Chelsea and so forth. So about all these we knew God was with us.
“From that minute we started to dance to ‘Party after Party’.”
Chelsea’s interest in Partey stemmed from their quest to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United, with the England midfielder’s price tag of £80million proving too expensive.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is thought to be a big fan of Rice’s versatility and ability to play at centre-back.
But any move for Partey reportedly depended on their ability to sell fringe players to fund a bid, leaving Arsenal free to move quickly and seal the signing of the Ghana star.
After the deal was completed, Arsenal boss Arteta admitted he was delighted to land the 27-year-old.
“We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the…