Let's take you along Thomas's timeline to shape Manchester United's claims this week.
On March 22, Mark said "Several Premier League clubs" were blamed for the signing of Thomas Parti and had contacted the Atlético Madrid player's entourage.
The Spanish newspaper reported that the midfielders' release clause was 50m euros and explained that he was looking for assurances from Diego Simeone before next season.
Then, on April 1 (but not as a joke), CaniNewsRoom of Ghana invokes the $ 50 million player clause and states: United Manchester United have named Thomas Partai for Atletico Madrid as a transfer target in the summer.
"According to sources close to the player, Ghana is very keen on Old Trafford because he wants to fulfill his dream of playing in the Premier League."
This sounded quite specific until they added: "It is reported that Partey is on the list of possible recruits"
Now, either he's on the list or just being notified, maybe we're picky … but that's our job.
Interestingly, CitiNewsRoom interviewed Thomas more than once, so it is wise to think they have contact.
Things have largely ceased, and on May 16, the player's agent talked to PassioneInter. José Daniel Jiménez Pozanco said: "Inter is the top club, but I have not talked to anyone yet, Termination clause in the contract of Thomas is 50 million euros, and this figure for a player like him makes him a cheap profile. Let the season end and then we'll see what happens. "
On May 20, FootballGhana published an exclusive request that Manchester United are "ready to trigger" the player's release clause of £ 43.5 million on the current market.
A little digging shows that this is not their only exclusive Thomas. As early as March 22 (yes, Mark's report came out that same day), they said the 25-year-old had been negotiated with Atletico, again mentioning the clause. In this article, Manchester City and Inter are linked.
Also on May 20, the Spanish Cadena Cope announced that Thomas's agents "are negotiating for his exit from the Premier League clubs."
It is clear that those who represent Thomas are willing to find 50 million euros there. This is either because they are interested or put pressure on Atletico to offer guarantees and will probably offer a new contract with better wages and a higher clause.
Manchester United's allegations are already appearing twice in Ghana in recent months, suggesting that someone close to the player insists on the story. Again, this may be for a new contract and a better reputation in Atletico or because the player really likes this move and has a real interest.
Time has to become clearer.