Seven top quality young players that Arsenal could sign cheaply

It is common knowledge that we do not have the transfer budget of the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and even Tottenham and yet somehow we are expected to challenge these teams for silverware in the coming seasons.

One of the ways we can do that is by being very clever in the transfer market and targeting players that are set to enter the final year of their contracts is an approach we simply must consider.

By doing this you can land a player for less money than he would usually cost because most clubs would rather cash in than see a quality asset leave for nothing.

There are three good quality defenders, all under the age of 30 that have just one year left on their contracts, they are

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Mario Hermoso – Espanyol – Central Defender – Age 23
Sergio Reguilón – Real Madrid – Left Back – Age 22
Stefan Savić – Atletico Madrid – Central Defender – Age 28

There are two attacking midfielders in the same boat, they are

Pablo Sarabia – Sevilla – Attacking Midfielder – Age 26
Nabil Fekir – Lyon – Attacking Midfielder – Age 25

And finally, two forwards whos contracts are running down, they are

Lucas Ocampos – Marseille – Winger – Age 24
Stephan El Shaarawy – Roma – Forward Age 26

There are also players that would be unattainable to us like Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard and of course some elder statesmen like Giorgio Chiellini and Edinson Cavani but I do not see the latter two as viable considering their ages, not when we want to build for the future.

Clearly, some of the listed players will not be suitable, some will sign extensions and some may never consider signing with us but you have to think that out of those seven players I listed that there are one or two that we can make a concerted effort to sign.

They are young, they are experienced, for the most part, they play with top clubs and they will be affordable, though wages could be an issue I will admit.

Point is, we can still land top quality players if we get creative and do not allow budgetary restrictions to overly handicap our attempts to build a competitive side.

Updated: April 30, 2019 — 8:38 am

14 Comments

  1. I’d be all over Chiellini

    1. Let’s use our entire budget plus player sales (Ozil, Miki, Mustafi, El-Neny) and go straight to Ajax and get:
      David Neres
      Hakim Ziyech
      Donny Van De Beek
      Nicholas Tagliafico

      All fill a need and all would make us a better team that we currently are.

      We could get all for around $100-120m I would think?

  2. Fekir would have joined a bigger club earlier if he could. Now the only reason for him to join us is because laca is here. And we’ve already shown with Mkhi and Auba that partnerships that worked in the past won’t necessarily work now.

  3. Good list, i’ll consider Fekir for CAM who has a good understanding with Lacazette from their time in lyon. Pablo sarabia is having a good season at seville, so he’s a good option. The others i’m not too keen on, Hermoso is good on the ball but i don’t think he fits the physicality of the premier league. Reguilon is showing promise but we shouldn’t take risks with the LB position because its vital we buy better than what we have and i’m not sure he is. To me, Savic, El shaarawy and Ocampos are not good enough for arsenal, but thats just my opinion from watching these players.

  4. I agree with your assessment but how are we supposed to make any shrewd signings when we still have no head of recruitment 😩. Also spurs haven’t signed a player for almost 18 months, how can they have a bigger budget than us?

  5. Nice article and thanks for the good info Admin. I think:

    – The defenders: No idea about them

    – Pablo Sarabia: Good stats in this season, but I’m afraid he is another one season wonder like Lucas Perez

    – Nabil Fekir: Great stats and looks more consistent than Ozil, but unimpressive in World Cup and could not start ahead Matuidi/ Griezmann/ Pogba. Take him if his price tag is low, but I’d prefer a winger than another CAM

    – Lucas Ocampos: Not impressive at all

    – Stephan El Shaarawy: Nice stats in this season, but the same case as Sarabia

    1. Elshaarawy was tearing it up for Milan before he allegedly got into party drugs but it does look like he has finally started to clean up his act.

  6. How about we try Nelson, Saka, Nketiah, Smith-Rowe etc?

    1. Well said otherwise what’s the point in a youth system tbh

  7. Since when do Spurs have a bigger transfer budget than we do?

    Soon is probably the answer but not yet. Or at least not by any meaningful margin.

    1. And they have not spent anything for two transfer windows.

  8. Let’s use our entire budget plus player sales (Ozil, Miki, Mustafi, El-Neny) and go straight to Ajax and get:
    David Neres
    Hakim Ziyech
    Donny Van De Beek
    Nicholas Tagliafico

    All fill a need and all would make us a better team that we currently are.

    We could get all for around $100-120m I would think?

    1. The only good one is Van de Beek-a young Tony Kloos…



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