Meanwhile, the breakdown between the two boardrooms could have rammifications on Lucas Torreira’s future after he went in the opposite direction.
The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements under Arteta, particularly if they were able to bring in a signing before the deadline.
He joined Atleti on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has questioned whether that move could still be viable.
“Atlético Madrid will also have an option to buy Lucas Torreira on June 2021,” Romano Tweeted on Tuesday.
“Buy option clause price would be €21m.
“But let’s see about the relationship between #AFC and Atléti board after Thomas deal unexpected by Spanish side.”
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