Surely Arsenal need to concentrate on sales before affording expensive arrivals

Arsenal seem focused on bringing Kai Havertz and Declan Rice on board in a double swoop that could see them part ways with around £170 million.

Hopefully, the two will join, and if they do, after spending £170 million on their arrivals, what do you reckon will be Edu and Arteta’s next move?

One would expect them to continue their summer spending spree. But I doubt they’ll do that. Instead, I see them concentrating on shaping their squad by offloading some players whose time at the Emirates is up. Notably, these sales could positively impact the other signings Arteta could make, considering that if all goes well, the club could raise over £100 million from sales.

Notably, according to many sources of upcoming sales, Arteta may approve the departure of deadwood and quality talents such as Thomas Partey, Folarin Balogun, and Kierney, whose total revenues may exceed £100 million. Inter Milan is interested in signing Balogun, who shone at Stade de Reims, scoring 21 goals in 37 appearances, and it is expected that a fee in the £40 million range will be requested for his departure.

With two years left on his contract, Thomas Partey is coveted by two undisclosed Serie A clubs (I don’t see why he isn’t sold for as much as £50 million). Newcastle wants Tierney, and it is believed that the bare minimum he can be allowed to leave is £30 million.

The fees raised from the sales could then make it possible for a right-back and a central defender to be signed, making the Arsenal summer 2023 transfer window the success many Gooners wanted it to be.

But surely it’s neccesary to rais funds from sales before splashing out on even more signings?

Daniel O

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  1. This seems like a bold blue print to address the midfield once and for all.

    Arsenal midfield is taking shape, Rice, Havertz and Latvia.

    Now Latvia reminds me of Ilkay Gundogan eleven years ago, mobile from box to box.

    Declan Rice is that powerful midfielder Arsenal has been crying out for to protect the back four.

    Havertz is a shrewd one that could play a major role in the grueling upcoming campaign, he could effectively thrown in at the deep end to rotate with Odegaard without Arsenal missing a beat.

    1. Suddenly Partey becomes a sellable asset, that to 50m at his age, and Havertz is wanted? We playing fantasy football?
      Lavia, not Latvia, is a failure this year at Soton. He is young and can be groomed. If you think he can replace Partey immediately, I doubt that.
      Havertz is jack of all trades, good for none. We lack a Plan B ST, and Jesus is already versatile across all 3 positions.
      Rice is clearly a player who can help us. But I am unsure if we are in a position yet to buy a 100m luxury, and skip other needful areas, ST and RB with 3 of last 4 years of over and above spending.

  2. So who plays at LB when Tierney is sold.Zinchenko, who is poor defensively or Kiwior who is not a full back and is basically untried at EPL level?

    1. Grandad: It would be ludicrous to sell Tierney without an adequate replacement, things seems to cool some what on that front.

      There is some argument being doing the rounds that Kiwior could be heading back to Germany where there is a strong intrest for the young Polish.

      But I strongly suspect the gaffer has learned a great deal from the last campaign and will be twice as smart dealing with Smith Rowe and the Scott this time around.

    2. Maybe the taller and faster Castagne, if Arsenal still play with the inverted-LB tactic. But I believe they will copy Man City’s treble-winning formula, which excludes conventional fullback

  3. I believe West Ham and Chelsea will wait until they get other offers before accepting our bids, so Arsenal would likely have enough time to sell some players

    £90m for Rice is a very good offer, considering Partey’s £45m release clause two years ago. Rice isn’t twice the player Partey is and we haven’t even checked other homegrown DMs yet, such as Dewsbury-Hall and Romeo Lavia

    1. Edu is sleeping extremely comfortable as far as Rice issues is concerned, Arsenal is in a commanding position, the Citizens pose the only threat and am not sure the Englishman is the ideal player of Pep Guardiola type.

      So sooner rather than later David Moise and his connection will have to find their self back around the bargaining table.

      Arsenal got the money but it’s not burning our pockets.

      1. Chelsea just activated Nicolas Jackson’s release clause and asked for Gabri Veiga’s payment terms. Maybe they found a stumbling block when negotiating for Caicedo with Brighton

        Arsenal have to move faster, otherwise they may have to pay premium prices

        1. BHA want 100 mil for Caicedo, what’s even funnier is the fact that they’re using Rice as a benchmark i.e if Rice goes for 100 mil then Caicedo is worth the same which I find to be absolutely ridiculous considering Rice has proven himself for club and country for four straight years while Caicedo has been around for 18 months only! 200 mil for Caicedo+Rice is madness.

          1. Perhaps Brighton took Caicedo’s age and contract length into account, when they set the price

            They obviously want a bidding war, but they must remember that he’s not homegrown and there are other DMs available in the summer. A good right-footed DM like him isn’t rare to find

        2. Maybe the stumbling block Chelsea is finding with Brighton is that they are not prepared to part with Colwil.

          The young Gabri Veiga has been massive this season, he’s an attacking midfielder who loves to score golds, think his style was what the gaffer was looking for when he sign Vieira.

          He has a release clause of approximately £37 mill

          Neither Jackson or Veiga or similar to Caicedo, but Arsenal have been rumored to showing intrest in the latter

          1. I just found out Veiga can play DM too and he’s quite tall for an AM. £37m would be a steal for his service

  4. There were reports we have 200m+ to spend, so we can get Rice, Havertz and Latvia with our kitty. Ant additions other than those three will require us to sell. Tierney, Balugon, Holding, Nekhetia, Viera, Tavares, Sambi, Xhaka should fetch enough to buy a good striker, RB and LB.

    1. I think Tierney will stay. A sale will only be sanctioned if we’re in dire need of funds. As it stands Kiwior might be the one heading out if that’s what he wants.

    2. Tierney and Balogun should absolutely stay with us, the rest I agree with you are surplus to requirements, I’d also sell on Pepe if Nielson signs a contract. For me Balogun needs to have his contract extended immediately and used as competition for Jesus next season. He is clearly a goal scoring machine, young and will add an extra dimension to our attack next season. Again, if he is sold it’s because Edu has again failed in his job, same situation as Saliba where we have an outstanding young player that has found themselves in a fortunate position of having an outstanding season yet close to the end of their contract, allowing their agents to have the upper hand in contract negotiations, especially with interest from other top clubs in Europe.

      1. I agree with this about Balogun. Give him his shot! If he’s not outscoring our current strikers by January, sell him with buy-back clause or similar

  5. I don’t believe we would get anywhere near £50m for Partey. Also, I would imagine with CL football keeping Partey would be the wise decision.

  6. In any case, with United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea expected to improve next season, and us with CL football, we need 4-5 high-quality additions just to stay where we are.

  7. Precisely. AFC failed to win the league due to the physical & mental burn out of a squad that lacked strength in depth. The club needs to be adding to improve, not offloading good experienced players.

  8. I’d keep TP for one more season, we’re trying to build a squad that can compete on three fronts without a drop in quality and I believe that’s what Arteta is trying to do.

  9. Selling partey Will big our biggest biggest mistake yeah he dropped but switch that logic bye bye Jesus because that’s the reason we missed the league he couldn’t score for his life when we absolutely needed it

  10. Arsenal need to concentrate on sales, to make the model work. We will end up in a black hole if we dont balance the books out.

    1. We can debate wether our incoming players have been successful or not but our outgoings dont stand any debate, THEY HAVE BEEN A DISASTER, in their entirety in one form or another.

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