Report: Arteta set for talks with six first-team players over leaving Arsenal this summer
Arsenal are set to hold talks with six first-team players over their Emirates Stadium futures, according to the Evening Standard.
Mikel Arteta is carrying out a vast rebuild of his squad after an underwhelming season in north London. The Gunners want to sign Brighton defender Ben White and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga as part of their summer overhaul.
Bids of £40million and £13m respectively have been knocked back, but Arsenal are working on deals and remain very keen. There is also interest in Aaron Ramsdale, but they will only move for the Sheffield United goalkeeper if Bernd Leno leaves.
Leno is among the six Arsenal players set for talks with the club over their futures in north London. The German is open to leaving and taking on a new challenge, which would leave Arteta without a first-choice shot-stopper.
Defender Calum Chambers plus midfielders Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have talks scheduled. While strikers Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette face uncertainty over their future prospects, as well.
Arsenal will likely tell both Maitland-Niles and Nketiah they can look for new clubs in the summer window. The Gunners are also listening to offers for Sead Kolasinac, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.
Konstantinos Mavropanos, meanwhile, is speaking with Stuttgart over a £7m permanent move to the Bundesliga squad. Granit Xhaka’s agent also remains in talks with Roma to agree a fee with Jose Mourinho’s new Serie A side.
Arsenal will speak with Lacazette and Chambers as they both enter the final year of their contracts next month. While Arteta could give Chambers a new deal, as the defender’s resurgence impressed the Spaniard last season.
Arsenal will speak with Willock to decide if his future is at the Emirates after impressing while out on loan. Newcastle United would like to keep the England U21 international, but no decision has been made in north London.
TBR’s view: Arteta shaping his Arsenal vision
Arsenal are showing they back Arteta and his vision for the club by planning talks with six players, along with those already speaking with other sides over moves away.
The squad at the Emirates may look very different next season to the one that ended the last Premier League campaign eighth in the table. But Edu will likely need to agree a raft of departures for Arsenal to afford White, Lokonga and their other targets.
Willock showed what he can offer by becoming the youngest top-flight player to score in seven-straight games while at Newcastle. And he, plus Chambers, may be worth keeping with Arteta impressed by the defender.
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