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Atletico hand Torreira No5 shirt worn by Partey in swipe at Ghanaian midfielder after controversial £45m Arsenal move

ATLETICO Madrid have have handed their new signing Lucas Torreira the number 5 shirt in an apparent dig at Thomas Partey.

The Ghanian midfielder went the other way and joined Arsenal from the Spanish club in a £45million deal – but his departure came with controversy due to how the Gunners handled the affair.

Atletico show off their new number 5, with Torreira's new shirt featured alongside Suarez's

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Atletico show off their new number 5, with Torreira’s new shirt featured alongside Suarez’s Credit: Twitter @atletienglish
Partey left in acrimony after Arsenal's ruthless handling of the transfer

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Partey left in acrimony after Arsenal’s ruthless handling of the transferCredit: Getty Images – Getty



 

Torreira’s shirt was revealed by the club’s Twitter account as they hailed their new Uruguayan signings, including Luis Suarez, ahead of their away game at Celta Vigo.

The 24-year-old takes Partey’s old number as the club appear to signal they have moved on.

Arsenal’s new man left the club under a cloud on deadline day when the Premier League side reportedly triggered his release clause – without telling his club Atletico.

The clause made Diego Simeone’s side powerless to prevent him negotiating with the club, but they were left shocked when Arsenal apparently failed to tell them about their actions.

Instead the London club deposited the funds with the Spanish football authorities, allowing them to discuss personal terms and perform the medical.

They left LaLiga with the duty of informing Atletico their player was close to leaving.

Arsenal did eventually sign the midfielder just before the window closed.

He became the fourth-most expensive investment in the club’s history and their seventh signing of the window.

Partey is now the no.18 at Arsenal

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Partey is now the no.18 at Arsenal Credit: Arsenal FC

Willian joined on a free back in August after he and Chelsea failed to agree terms to renew his contract.

The other major signings include Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari.

Partey could be set for his debut today as Arsenal travel to Manchester City.

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