Arsenal are reportedly to jettison around 6 first-team players before the conclusion of the summer transfer window. They look to be set for a huge clear out, as a number of names will be moved on to cut down their huge wage bill.
The Gunners have transacted around £135,000,000 on new recruits so far this summer. Martin Odegaard signs for £30,000,000 from Real Madrid while Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United has undergone his medical.
Those signings line up alongside £50,000,000 centre half Ben White, £18,000,000 midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and £7,000,000 left back Nuno Tavares in a lavish transfer window for the north London side.
Arsenal – Balancing the books
Arteta’s side will now look to replenish their funds by bidding farewell to as many as six players. Mikel Arteta has already moved on plenty of big names over the last few transfer windows and it is likely that many more will follow.
Joe Willock moving to Newcastle has been the first major departure this month. The midfielder completed his medical on Friday, before training with the first-team. He penned a six-year contract in a deal worth £22,000,000.
Arsenal are willing to offload Willian, Eddie Nketiah, Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Sead Kolasinac. Problems could arise in selling Willian, given he has two years left his massive £200,000-a-week deal.
Selling those six players could add around £100,000,000. Hector Bellerin if sold could raise the total to around £120,000,000. Bellerin’s deal runs till the summer of 2023. The Spaniard has drawn interest from Inter and Barcelona.
Nketiah and Nelson have been targeted by Crystal Palace while Leicester, Southampton and Burnley are keen on Maitland-Niles. Maitland-Niles could stay as back-up if Hector Bellerin leaves. Kolasinac could reunite Mesut Ozil at Fenerbahce.
David Luiz ran down his contract. William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi have joined Marseille on loan. Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined Stuttgart on loan as well.