It is no secret that Arsenal will need heavy investment in the transfer market to get their side back to where it belongs. However, it is also clear that Kroenke won’t be putting much of his own money into the cause. As such, players will likely have to be sold to fund this massive overhaul.
Football London has identified a number of ways Edu and Arteta might be able to free up significant funds this summer.
Lacazette and Bellerin have both been linked heavily with moves away from the Emirates and it is becoming increasingly likely that they will both be sold in the summer. Transfermarkt values them at £31.5 million and £25.2 million each, though Lacazette might go for a bit cheaper considering he will have just a year left on his current deal.
Runarsson has struggled to find his way at Arsenal since his summer move and with Arsenal looking to make Ryan’s move permanent, we might try and recoup the £1.8 million we spent on our Icelandic understudy.
Callum Chambers has often been linked with moves away and injuries have really hindered him from kicking on at Arsenal. I think that with the amount of centre backs we have at the club and how little Chambers has featured, we might look to sell him. His value is £13.5 million.
Lucas Torreira is a player who Arsenal tried to sell in the summer but only managed to send him on loan to Atletico. They have the option to make it permanent but it looks unlikely they will exercise that option. That being said, I’m sure Arsenal will be able to find a suitor for Lucas. His value is £25 million.
Then we have youngsters like Nketiah and Nelson. Neither have been featuring recently. Nelson in particular was a player who made a bright start to the season but for no real known reason hasn’t featured at all since. They could be sold for £18 million and £11.25 million respectively.
In total that comes to £126.45 million and that is without mentioning Guendouzi who, if we decide to sell, could bring in around £22.25 million.
It also is without mentioning the millions in player wages we have earned in getting the likes of Ozil, Mustafi, Sokratis and Kolasinac off the books in January.
So what might Arsenal do with all this cash?
Odsonne Edouard has been linked heavily to replace Lacazette at the Emirates. He would cost around £20 million.
Recent reports also suggest we are hot on the tail of Konate and Lamptey to become the final pieces in our defensive jigsaw. They would cost £35 million and £25 million respectively.
Already, that is £80 million spent, leaving us with around £46 million left to make a massive signing. I think that might just be enough to get a deal over the line for Aouar. Lyon reportedly want £54 million for their star man, but in the current climate and with the financial difficulties Lyon are facing, I think we might be able to come to an agreement.
Then, Arsenal will probably try and extend the loans of one of Ceballos or Odegaard and perhaps with the help of Kroenke make one of them permanent. We will also surely look for some cheap loan deal for an experienced left back to provide back up for Tierney. So where does that leave the squad?
GOALIES: Bernd Leno, Maty Ryan
FULL BACKS: Kieran Tierney, Tariq Lamptey, Cedric, Ryan Bertrand?
CENTRE BACKS: Gabriel, Ibrahima Konate, Pablo Mari, William Saliba, Rob Holding, David Luiz? Konstantinos Mavropanos
MIDFIELDERS: Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Houssem Aouar, Emile Smith Rowe, Mo Elneny, Joe Willock. Dani Ceballos? Martin Odegaard? Miguel Azeez? Ainsley Maitland Niles?
FORWARDS: Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli, Folarin Balogun, Odsonne Edouard
I know that seems like a lot of reshuffling but it is only 5 or 6 key signings. I think there seems to be an awareness at Arsenal that this is the kind of summer we are likely to need if we are to have a decent chance of challenging for titles again in the coming seasons.
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