Netease Sports reported on October 7:
They signed Thomas at the last minute before the summer window closed, and they directly bought out Thomas’s contract with Atletico Madrid. It is reported that Arsenal bought out Thomas 32 minutes before the summer window closed, which left Atletico Madrid with no time to buy new aid. ESPN said that Atletico Madrid was very angry about this. At the same time they were upset, they were also surprised that Arsenal's shot was so generous this time.
Thomas has always been Arsenal's target of signings this summer. Prior to this, Arsenal and Atletico held negotiations for several weeks, but Arsenal's offer has always been lower than Atletico's requirements, and the negotiations between the two sides have never made substantial progress. Atletico coach Simeone believes that Thomas will eventually stay with the team, and he also regards Thomas as a key part of his plan for this season. Believing that Thomas will stay in the team, Atletico Madrid did not buy a replacement for Thomas...
Unexpectedly, Arsenal, who has always been "thrifty", suddenly looked like a different person yesterday. Without notifying Atletico in advance, Arsenal paid 50 million euros (45 million pounds) to buy out Thomas' contract. Atletico was dumbfounded at the time and they had no time to buy new players. Atletico Madrid said they learned that Arsenal had bought out Thomas at 23:28 in the evening Spanish time, and there was only half an hour left before the summer window closed.
Insiders told ESPN: Atletico Madrid is very angry, their relationship with the Arsenal club has broken down, and the situation is serious. Before the summer window was closed, Simeone expected something to happen. He said: “There are some bad surprises that will always happen in football.” In August, Atletico Madrid was worried that a team would buy out the team directly. Important players in the game, such as Oblak and Thomas.
A year ago, Griezmann, Rodri, Lucas Hernandez and others also left Atletico in almost the same way. The only difference is that Thomas left at the buzzer this time and did not leave Atletico Madrid with a buyer. Although La Liga gives Atletico Madrid an extra 30 days of signing time, Atletico Madrid can only sign Spanish domestic league players or free agents, and there is not much room for choice.
Atletico Madrid are also very upset with Thomas. They don't understand why Thomas has to leave the team that has been playing for many years. In 2012, Thomas joined the Atletico Madrid youth training and was promoted to the first team in the 2015-16 season. It can be said that without the training of Atletico, Thomas would not have been today. Thomas' salary has been low. Atletico Madrid offered him a salary increase contract at the beginning of this year, but the players refused. During the epidemic, Atletico once again wanted to renew the contract and planned to increase the buyout amount, but Thomas still refused.
On social media, Thomas said goodbye to Atletico: "Dear Atletico fans, I thank you. For the past few years, Atletico has always been my home. I want to thank the club and also for your support. No matter whether my performance is good or bad, you will always support me. Atletico is not just a club, but also a big family." But for Thomas’ confession, Atletico fans did not buy it. Many of them said : "Get out of here, despicable villain.", "Ingredient.", "Defied at the last moment, no respect for the team that nurtured you."