Arsenal have reportedly earmarked three Gunners players for a potential summer sale in order to help raise funds for a £100million spending spree, according to The Sun.
The outlet claims that the Gunners are keen on signing Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos, but Mikel Arteta would need to move some players on to generate cash.
The three main Arsenal assets tipped to be sold for fairly significant sums are Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Lucas Torreira.
Guendouzi is out of favour under Arteta, while Maitland-Niles has reportedly been earmarked for sale by the Gunners board despite the Spaniard’s pleas to keep him (The Telegraph).
Torreira, meanwhile, could also be moved on after seemingly failing to settle in North London, with a move back to Italy reportedly on the cards.
The Sun claims that Guendouzi is valued at around £35million and Maitland-Niles at £25million, and that Arsenal want to recoup the £26million they spent on Torreira.
It has also been reported that the Gunners are ready to cancel Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s contract, Mohamed Elneny could be sold for a “nominal fee”, and Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding could also be moved on.
A season which looked like spiralling out of control for Arsenal has ended on a high note, with a manager who has steadied the ship massively, silverware on board, and genuine optimism for the future.
There is certainly a lot of work that needs to be done on the Gunners squad to turn them back into a Premier League title-chasing outfit, or at least a top-four contender.
Based on this report, it looks as though there are some big plans in place to do so, both in terms of potential incomings and outgoings, though how straightforward this will be in the current market remains to be seen.