Arsenal’s Clearout: Players on the Chopping Block to Raise £100m


Arsenal’s summer transfer activity has grabbed the spotlight with substantial signings, including Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber, alongside securing a loan deal for goalkeeper David Raya. Yet, amid these acquisitions, the club is mindful of Financial Fair Play regulations, necessitating revenue generation through player sales.

While Matt Turner, Aaron Trusty, and Pablo Mari fetched modest fees, the departure of Granit Xhaka to Bayer Leverkusen garnered £12 million. Folarin Balogun’s impending move to Monaco for around £34 million and Kieran Tierney’s loan switch to Real Sociedad are in advanced stages.

Nonetheless, ‘The Mirror’ indicates a list of players potentially departing before the transfer window closes on September 1st. One such player is midfielder Albert Sambi-Lakonga, linked to clubs like Brighton. The situation is less clear for Nicolas Pepe, with reports suggesting that if a move doesn’t materialize, the Ivorian’s contract might be terminated due to his high wages and lackluster recent form.

Further, Arsenal seeks exits for defenders Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, and Nuno Tavares, all deemed surplus to Mikel Arteta’s plans. Rob Holding has garnered interest from Besiktas, while Nuno Tavares, initially linked to Nottingham Forest, has caught the attention of Aston Villa after the Forest deal fell through.

As the transfer window countdown continues, Arsenal remains focused on striking the right balance between reinforcements and necessary sales to ensure compliance and competitiveness.

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