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Thomas Partey is now the most expensive Ghanaian footballer of all-time after joining Arsenal

Thomas Partey has now beaten his compatriot Michael Essien to become the most expensive Ghanaian footballer of all time.

The 27-year-old joined the Gunners from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day after the English club activated his £45 million release clause.

The amount involved in the transfer sees Partey overtake Michael Essien as the most expensive Ghanaian footballer of all-time.

In 2005, Essien joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Lyon in a deal worth £24.4 million, becoming the chelsea’s record signing at the time.

No Ghanaian footballer has since commanded such a transfer in the last decade and half, until Arsenal paid £45 million to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid on Monday.

Partey will wear the number 18 shirt at Arsenal, and will reportedly be on a £250,000 per week wage.

Here are the top five most expensive Ghanaian transfers of all-time:

1. Thomas Partey £50m (Atletico Madrid => Arsenal)

2. Michael Essien £24.4m (Lyon => Chelsea)

3. Baba Rahman £21.7m (Augsburg => Chelsea)

4. Andre Ayew £20.5m (Swansea => West Ham)

5. Asamoah Gyan £13m (Rennes => Sunderland)

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