Arsenal reportedly made a last-minute bid to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Parte before the transfer window closed on Monday evening.
The Ghanaian international has been a long-term goal for Gunners, but so far the club has been unwilling to pay the superstar big money, choosing instead to focus on other players.
But with the suspension of Lionel Hossam Al-Awar’s deal at the end of the week Arsenal Now it looks like they’ve flown them out for Barty, and it looks like they are willing to pay the £ 45m penalty clause.
It is a deal that will undoubtedly please Arsenal fans given the extent of the influence of Parti under Diego Simeone at Atletico over the past five seasons.
And judging by his comments last summer, Barty himself will also be more than happy to join Mikel Arteta’s squad.
When asked before ESPN On whether he would consider switching to the Premier League, Barty said: “Right now, I’m happy with my team. But in football, you never know when and where you will be the next day or year.
“The Premier League is a good league, it is a very competitive league and it has some of the best players in the world. I hope to be someday. I’d like to play there.”
“My agents are on it so I will leave everything for them. For me, I am happy to play football and I will continue playing where I am now until something comes to look at.”
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While last summer’s move never materialized, now may be a good time for Barty to test himself in the Premier League, and all indications certainly seem to point to a move to North London.
There will now be a race against time from Arsenal to see if they can get the paperwork done before the 11pm deadline, but if the deal goes through, Barty may be in line to make his debut after the international hiatus when he takes over Arsenal. City of Manchester On October 17th.