Arsenal are being linked with a move for impressive Sevilla defender, Diego Carlos, as Mikel Arteta looks to build on his FA Cup win and take the club back into top-four contention next term.
The Telegraph claims that Carlos has been identified as a top priority signing by Arteta and Edu. And it’s easy to see why, too, given the 27-year-old has been outstanding in La Liga this term.
One issue for the Gunners could be the price tag, however. Carlos has an apparent £68m release clause in his contract and if Sevilla won’t budge off that, then Arsenal may have to move on.
However, with talk of an impending fire sale at The Emirates this summer, could Arsenal actually have a few aces up their sleeve when it comes to landing the Brazilian?
With the names of the players within that list of players set to be sold, it’s possible they do.
Offer defenders, to land a better defender
The report lists nine players who could leave Arsenal. Among those are a number of defensively minded players, including Bellerin, Mustafi, and Sokratis.
Surely, then, it makes sense for Arsenal to look at offering the likes of Mustafi and Sokratis in order to try and convince Sevilla to lower their asking price?
The move could work, too. Mustafi is well-known in Spain thanks to his time with Valencia, while Sokratis is experienced and can help fill the void left by Carlos in Seville.
Furthermore, it would shift two wages off the books for the Gunners. Whether they use that to fund Carlos entirely, remains to be seen.
So, with money set to be tighter than ever this summer, it could be wise for the Arsenal board to explore this sort of deal if they’re serious about landing the Brazilian star.