Arsenal prepared to offload half a dozen players to fund new signings

Arsenal is prepared to offload as many as six of their current players to raise funds for Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners have struggled in this campaign and they will need to overhaul their team to avoid another poor term next season.

The coronavirus has affected the club’s revenue and that would also affect their spending power.

However, one way that they can raise funds is to sell some of their underperforming players and Football London says they will do exactly that.

The report says the club is prepared to cash in on striker Eddie Nketiah, midfielders Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira to boost their transfer kitty for next summer.

Alexandre Lacazette could also leave even though the 29-year-old is in a rich vein of form at the moment.

The above five Arsenal players could raise as much as £100m for them and they also intend to sell Hector Bellerin for at least £20m, which would increase their earnings to £120m.

That budget should be enough to bring in some quality players and they want to keep Martin Odegaard beyond this campaign. 

With enough money, they would feel confident about persuading Real Madrid to sell him to them on a permanent basis.

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  1. Sir Michael says:

    Who said Arteta is staying he sold Martinez bought runnasson Leno now thinking of selling both does he know what he is doing I wonder

  2. durand says:

    I would say that is good business, but unlikely we can move all those players in the Summer window, for those prices.

    I think people underestimate how truly damaging the financial situations are for many clubs. tremendous loss of revenues, and their projections moving forward are still unable to be determined due to ongoing restrictions and lack of leadership from governments and football organizational bodies.

    More likely to see player swaps than transfers, and the transfers we will see will be for much smaller fees than the mega blockbuster transfers that occur in windows.

    Perhaps AMN and Nketiah swap for Bissouma may interest Brighton, but will the players be keen? Bellerin and Laca will want big wages, so what team is willing to pay transfer fee AND massive wages in such an uncertain time?

    Arsenal would be best suited to bring Willock and Guendouzi back into our midfield for cover and perhaps move on next year if they still wish. Maybe extend guendouzi to avoid losing on a free, and Laca is a tough call? who can afford him now, and better to extend and sell next year, or allow to run down his contract and leave for freee?

    1. SueP says:

      It’s interesting isn’t it Durand that you refer to loss of revenue by clubs, swaps and smaller fees rather than blockbuster transfer fees, but then go on to say that Bellerin and Laca will want big wages.

      This is what stinks to me and shows the power the players hold in their hands. The fact that football is in a financial mess is because the players command unsustainable salaries

      1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

        I second that SueP.

      2. durand says:

        That is exactly right SueP, well said. Many are already millionaires and set for life, yet still often demand high wages with clubs.

        I would love to see a salary cap be instituted for teams, and fines for those clubs that exceed the limit. There are numerous reforms needed in the league I believe, and hope they will be addressed at some point in the near future.

        1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

          as you’re well-aware, I agree with the necessity for the introduction of a salary cap and a luxury tax for those who fail to adhere to it…I likewise think that swaps should be more prevalent, especially nowadays, except that they could face considerable resistance from the increasingly powerful agent classes…the very fact that financial concerns are a universal phenomenon presently, I can only hope this would provide the necessary impetus to seek “creative” measures

          we clearly need to get rid of a seeming bucket-load of players, but the likelihood of this happening seems far-fetched, especially with their current club-mandated price tags…like yourself, all I care about is that we don’t leverage our future by selling any of our “special” players and that we properly address our midfield and RB positions…anything beyond that, minus maybe someone to cover at LB, would just be gravy…if it was up to me, I would sell Laca, Xhaka, Kols, AMN, Lucas and Bellerin, then not re-sign Luiz and Ceballos

    2. John Ibrahim says:

      Exactly

      most fans are playing Fifa21 too much and failed to realise that player value and transfers have overstated so much

      with the current Covid financial situation….no clubs want to over pay

      Most clubs are trying for cheap deals or loan deals

  3. max says:

    I don’t it, get he has had 4 widows and non of those players are playing regularly.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Is he a Mormon with 4 widows? 🤔 😁

  4. Grandad says:

    As you say Durand ,the transfer market may well be badly affected by the financial impact of the Pandemic and clean cash sales may be few and far between.As it is , in terms of priorities, I hope we can somehow arrange a deal with Brighton for Bissouma and pick up a good back up for Tierney.That apart, until we sell, we cannot buy.

    1. durand says:

      Grandad
      I feel the midfield is our main priority, and a starting RB our second. Backup LB would be my 3rd, but we can limp by with Cedric or give Lopez a go if necessary.

      Hopefully nothing in the rumors suggesting we are shopping for CB and ST; I feel we have 5 CB’s on the roster, and Martinelli and Balogun can be second to Auba as ST.

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