Arsenal told how they could cover Raphinha’s fee with five sales

Arsenal have been told that they have five players they could sell for a total of £67 Million, more than the supposed asking price for Leeds United’s Raphinha.

The Mirror claims that the club has five players that they should be looking to offload this summer to bring in some added funds as we look to splash the cash this summer.

Rob Holding is claimed to be worth £9 Million for potential suitors. The defender is one of the leaders amongst the playing squad, but with William Saliba set to return from loan and links with a move for Lisandro Martinez, his place in the squad is under question.

Nicolas Pepe cost a club record £72 Million back in 2019, but having fallen further n fuether down the pecking order, we are now told to cash-in for a fair £24 Million.

Bernd Leno is another who is slimming down in importance at the Emirates, and with just a year remaining on his deal, he is claimed to be available for a lowly £10 Milion.

Lucas Torreira impressed this term, but Fiorentina tried to haggle over his pre-agreed fee. Florence no longer seems a likely destination, but he remains for sake for a more than fair £15M.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles had a less than impressive loan in Serie A with Roma, but is also deemed surplus to requirements, and we could well fetch around £9 Million woth his sale.

With us believed to be interested in a deal for Raphinha, this amount should cover the expenditure for the deal, with Leeds claimed to be in want of £65 Million for his signature.

Depending on signings, we could well have others who are no longer needed in the squad such as Nuno Tavares, but we seem to be happy bolstering our squad numbers with a return to European football on the horizon, and we could well look to keep sone of the above, with Holding one I could see staying.


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  1. All this is pretty obvious. I’m sure every team in the league can come up with players they could sell in order to buy an ‘expensive’ signing. Short of ideas today?

  2. but it seems nowadays teams have ganged up against buying Arsenal players for a fee. They just wait for us to tear up our players contracts and pay them to leave, the trend is so worrying.

  3. I am not that convinced with this Raphinha overhype train. Too much money for an 11 goal winger.
    Can’t we use that money more wisely to address other areas?
    Might end up another underwhelming overpriced noose around the clubs neck..

    1. Alexis Sanchez didn’t join arsenal with great record too. But the ability was there. Only difference is one played for a good barca team and with less first team chances, the other plays for a small club Leeds and the ability is there too. Could turn out to be a great coup. But I agree it’s not a priority signing.

      1. We did not pay £65 million for Sanchez. He was much more used to playing at the big stage..
        Not sure if Raphinha will be able to handle the pressure at a big club where fans are very expectant and scrutinise every little aspect of a given big money player..

        I am not complaining, i am so excited about the way we seem to be conducting our business this summer.. I am just a bit weary (Ozil, Pepe, Laca, Auba, Partey etc).. Can’t say I was overly impressed by their overall contribution at Arsenal. Very much underwhelming..

        That’s all..

  4. I also am not too impressed with Raphinha. I think we have enough players who can play on both wings, Saka, Martinelli, ESR, Nelson and Hutchinson, assuming we are selling Pepe. Use the money to buy a DM and a LB. Also, I am of the opinion we should keep AMN, he can play multiple positions, both full back positions and also in the midfield.

    1. @gunnerforlife They are All youth players when it came to the big must win games their nerves got the best of them and they ddnt perform the game against CrysP, Tottenham, Newcastle, Raphinha does not have that problem he will perform & inspire the younsters in the team.

      1. That seeems to be forgetting MU, Chelsea, WHU – although I agree that there doesn’t seem to be a genuine grit and determination to win in the side.

  5. He would strengthen any other club so perhaps we are only after him so we don’t have to play against him for the next 5 years 😊

  6. Arsenal wont get him, when there is this much excitement over a player we normally dont follow through, i would be very very surprised if we pull this one off, signing Raphinha would be a game changer i just dont see Arsenal doing that.

  7. The longer man u stall on buying de Jong the more our chances increase as barca clearly don’t have the cash but I fear once that transfer is complete our chance will have gone
    Let’s hope we can get this one done fast

    1. @Gainsy73, Barcelona want Lewandowski first before considering any other player,

      The only way they would buy Raphinha is if dembele leaves,

      Would be great to have Raphinha at Arsenal,
      It would allow Saka roam freely, reduce Partey’s workload and probably push Oedegaard/Vieira to the bench,

      Tomiyasu Saliba/white Gabriel Tierney/Lisandro

      Oedegaard/Raphinha. Vieira/Saka

      Raphinha. Jesus. Martinelli/ Saka

      1. And I do think Barcelona were only interested in Raphinha because of the £25 million buyout clause that was inserted into his contract if Leeds got relegated. But with Barcelona struggling financially I don’t think they will be paying £65 million for any player at the moment.. That’s why they are going for freebie’s (Auba), cheaper players and those coming to the end of their top class football careers

        With their financial problems i think the are going to be much more cautious in the market. Not many big money signing..

  8. We do SEEM to be seriously intereted in Raphinha, somewhat to my surprise when it was first mooted. Whether or not we land him though is, IMO,still more unlikely than likely.

    I still feel that as his heart is set on BARCA and they seem to want him , that despite their financial woes, something will be arranged that he goes there .

    That will not worry ME much, even though I DO rate him. But for the money Leeds seem to require and our plethora of wide players ,PLUS, his heart being elsewhere, I foresee problems down the line, IF we buy him.
    More relevant is our still CRYING NEED to get a PROPER DM, after a decade plus of fill ins and this means getting Xhaka OUT, AT LONG LONG LAST!

    IMO, just getting him OUT , even without a proper replacement will, even by itself, be a boon. Better by far though would be a proper DM; one with pace, mobility and something between his ears, for a change!

  9. Selling unwanted players is always a priority but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to splurge cash received on some other thing.

    The first 3 listed definitely need to be cleared out.

    Holding… probably too, especially if Martinez arrives.

    Torreira, not sure. He’s upset with someone – his veiled comment that someone had not acted in good faith in the Fiorentina thing is an unknown – if he has a beef with Arsenal then he won’t take kindly to being in London for another year.

    The bottom line seems to be that Fiorentina had a deal agreed and they effectively reneged on it (trying to “negotiate” on something that’s already a contractual agreement is tantamount to reneging on an existing deal).

    Since he doesn’t want to be in London that suggests that he’ll be found a new home by the end of August, if at all possible. What if it’s not possible? Does he want to sit and sulk or would he rather try to play?

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