- Thomas Partey started off his football career in Ghana's little known town of Krobo Odumase
- Partey initially turned out for his father's local football club alongside his brother Frances
- But coming from a poor background, it was always going to be a daunting task to move abroad
- Thankfully, his father went out his way to make things happen, funding his travels to Spain for trials with Atletico Madrid
Thomas Partey on Monday night, October 6, completed a sensational switch to Arsenal ending a long-standing transfer saga that compounded his uncertain future at Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal have for months been linked with Partey, but have been unable to match his massive £45million release clause.
Ex-manager Unai Emery was first thought to have ordered the Gunners to complete a move for the midfielder but missed out on him last summer.
However, the north London side reignited their interest in the versatile player this summer and the deal nearly fell through before the club activated his release clause to complete a deal on deadline day.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the game, overcoming his social struggles to cement his place as one of the finest defensive midfielders in the world.
But an incredible story lies behind his rise to stardom, with SunSport reporting his father played an integral role in helping him realise his dream.
According to the publication, Partey's dad had to sell belongings to fund help him travel to Spain for trials.
Before the Europe opportunity came up, a young Partey was turning out for his dad's local club which he coached.
It is understood the new Arsenal recruit harbored dreams of playing abroad where he believed he could profiteer from his talent.
And in 2012, at just 19, Partey was afforded a chance to move to Spain where he would trial with Atletico Madrid.
Unknown to him, his father had sold his valuables to fund paperwork for the trip.
Incredibly, Partey went on to break into Atletico's first team, with whom he has been a mainstay player for Diego Simeone's team before Arsenal came calling.
He had featured for the La Liga giants three times this season before his move to the Premier League.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Ghana international Thomas Partey is now the second highest paid player at Arsenal behind German footballer Mesut Ozil after signing £260,000-per-week deal at the Emirates.
The 27-year-old completed his move to Arsenal from Atletico Madrid where he won the Europa League title and he is now looking forward to playing his first game for the Gunners.
Arsenal were actually interested in the signing of Lyon's Houssem Aouar, but the French side refused to do business with the Premier League side which made them go for Partey.
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