Arsenal can complete Thomas Partey transfer after 11pm deadline day cut-off
Arsenal may have until 1am to complete a move for Thomas Partey if they submit a deal sheet to the Premier League before the transfer window shuts at 11pm.
The Gunners have triggered Partey’s £45million release clause and now they face a race against the clock to get the deal done.
Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth has explained the situation.
“It is a race against for Arsenal to complete this deal,” he said.
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“Arsenal have triggered the £45million release clause in Thomas Partey’s contract.
“They didn’t have to negotiate with Atletico Madrid at all. They just had to go to La Liga’s offices and put down the £45m to talk to Thomas Partey.
“We understand that Thomas Partey is taking his medical in Madrid. From Madrid he will fly to international duty with Ghana.
“It is not 100% that he will fly to London in-between doing his medical and flying to London.
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“This could be one where we see a deal sheet. It is too early Arsenal fans. Between 9pm and 11pm a deal sheet has to be signed and the player has to be registered with the player’s signature.
“That gives the club an extra two hours to fully complete that deal. Arsenal should be ok. But make no mistake, this is a race against the clock now.”
Transfer Deadline Day: What is a deal sheet?
A deal sheet is an application to the Premier League or EFL which specifies a transfer has been agreed between two clubs and the player in question’s representatives.
If approved, clubs will then be granted a short extension after the transfer deadline in order to complete administrative details
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These extensions may only be utilised within the last two hours of the transfer window, which allows clubs an extra two hours to thrash out the remaining paperwork on the acquisition of a player.
Should a club apply for an extension beyond the 11pm deadline, the transfer will not be able to go through, as the Premier League or EFL’s Board must receive the deal sheet prior to when the window’s original closing time.
Famous moves to have fallen through at the eleventh hour include David De Gea’s transfer to Real Madrid when a fax machine was blamed for failing to secure the deal.
With a deal sheet, though, clubs can avoid such scenarios where moves are vetoed despite being completed just moments after the deadline.
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