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MADRID (Reuters) – Premier League side Arsenal completed the biggest move of transfer deadline day as they secured the 50 million euro (45.37 million pounds) signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, both sides announced on Monday.



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The Gunners announced the deal at 23:15 local time via social media.

An Arsenal statement said that the Ghana international, who will wear the No. 18 shirt, has signed a “long-term deal”. Local media reported that it was a four-year deal with the option for a further 12 months “subject to the completion of regulatory processes,” which is expected to be a formality.

“La Liga on Monday informed Atletico Madrid at 23:28 that representatives from Arsenal arrived at the footballing body’s headquarters looking to meet Thomas Partey’s release clause,” read a statement on Aletico’s website just before the midnight CET deadline.

“Thus, the player has unilaterally ended his work contract that he had signed with the club through to 30 June 2023.”

Under La Liga rules all players must have a buyout clause in their contracts and any club wishing to activate it must deposit the full amount with the Spanish league, who release the player’s registration before passing the fee onto the selling club.

Partey, 27, joined the Spanish side’s youth academy in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as an integral part of Diego Simeone’s side since making his debut in 2015.

In a separate deal, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreria has joined Atleti on a season-long loan deal, while out-of-favour Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi also left the Emirates Stadium for Hertha Berlin on loan.

(Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli; Editing by Christian

Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures in the club.

Jerry Quy, who has played the mascot since its introduction in 1993, worked part-time for the club and was seen as an unnecessary cost with no fans in stadiums.

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Quy has also lost his other role at the club doing supporter liaison, especially for away fans, and will not return to it when fans come back. However, sources have told ESPN that he will be allowed to return to the role of mascot when fans return to games.

Arsenal announced in August that they would make 55 redundancies across all departments. While Quy’s departure is part of ongoing cost-saving measures, the loss of his job is not counted in these 55 redundancies as he worked part-time.

Arsenal’s self-sustainable business model relies heavily on matchday income from Emirates Stadium and the ongoing absence of supporters — in addition to the cancellation of concerts and other non-football events — has hit the club particularly hard despite owner Stan Kroenke’s net worth estimated to be $8.3 billion.

Arsenal became the first Premier League team to agree a pay cut with their first-team squad — 12.5% over 12 months, although that was reduced by 7.5% after the Gunners qualified for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup.

The club also terminated the contracts of around 10 members of their scouting network at the end of May, many of whom worked on identifying youth team and academy players.

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