Atletico Madrid has completed the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Valencia as a replacement for Thomas Partey, who joined Arsenal in transfer deadline day.
La Liga rules allow clubs who have lost a player after their release clause was triggered to sign another player within a month provided they already play in Spain or are out of the contract.
Atletico Madrid was furious that Arsenal did not notify them before Partey’s buyout clause was triggered on transfer deadline day making it difficult to get a replacement.
“Atletico Madrid and Valencia CF have reached an agreement over the transfer of Geoffrey Kondogbia,” Atletico said in a statement. “The box-to-box footballer is a strong presence in midfield and contributes defensively and offensively.”
Kondogbia is a Central African Republic international, he has made three appearances for the modest country scoring one goal.