Arsenal are eyeing to offload three of their key players this summer in order to raise funds to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon.
The Londoners got off a flying start to their Premier League season 2020-2021. Mikel Arteta wants to achieve something big this season with a new-look squad. The Spaniard is looking to bolster his squad with some big names apart from his new signings. Arsenal has secured all three points in their first league game against Fulham.
Arsenal will look to gain momentum from their last away win at Fulham to keep going. The club from London is all set to fight for the title with some star players in a good form for them. However, they’re still in search of some key players, who can fix the missing puzzles in the squad. Arteta is still in need of a defensive midfield signing and possibly a forward this summer.
The entire squad is fresh and geared-up to perform under Arteta, who is leading the Gunners very well than expected. Since taking over the club, Arteta has shown some serious changes in the Arsenal gameplay and style. The former Manchester City assistant coach has also convinced Aubameyang to sign a contract extension with the club.
This contract extension has made Gabon striker the most highly paid forward for the Gunners this season. The experience Gabonese striker will earn a £375,000-a-week at the Emirates. He has signed a new three-year contract with the club, which will keep him until the summer of 2023. Arteta played a huge part in convincing Aubameyang for a stay.
Catalan giants FC Barcelona were keen to sign the Gabon Striker after Koeman took charge of the club as manager. However, Aubameyang has agreed to stay at the Emirates for another three seasons. According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Sead Kolasinac might be shown the exit in order to raise funds for Houssem Aouar signature.
The Uruguayan defensive midfielder is almost ready to leave Arsenal for Italian football. The man who came to England from Italy is once again heading back to where it all started. The midfielder initially had a lot of expectations over his shoulder after arriving at London. Although, he couldn’t live up to the fan’s expectations.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder might return to Seria A after spending two seasons with Gunners. The Uruguayan is already left out of the squad and might leave anytime soon. The two clubs interested in his signature are Italian sides, Fiorentina and Torino. He featured for Sampdoria in the Seria A after leaving Pescara.
Torreira is in contract with the club until 2023 of June. However, Arteta wants to offload the defensive midfielder soon this summer. He made 71 appearances overall during his time at Seria A and found the net four times with an assist to his name. Arsenal wants something more than 20million Euros for the Uruguayan international.
“There’s quite a few [leaving] potentially,” Sheth said on the Transfer Show. “Lucas Torreira to Torino, that one is edging closer we’re told. He would join initially on loan and then that loan would be a permanent deal next summer and the fee would be in the region of about £22m.”
Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis
Kolasinac is one player that could leave to fund a deal for Houssem Aouar. The 27-year-old full-back could be the man, who can help Arsenal raise funds to bid for the Lyon sensation. The Hammers are looking to capture the Bosnia Herzegovina International for a good fee.
While, AS Roma and Bayern Leverkusen are also keen on his services. Kolasinac can be a good deal for the clubs, who are not much old and a player who can offer width. He is capable of producing solid defense on the left side of the pitch as well.
Both Roma and West Ham can make good use of Kolasinac as a full-back. While Sokratis might join Napoli in the coming days with Koulibaly in talks with Manchester City. Arsenal wants to utilize these funds in order to prepare a new bid of 54 million Euros for Houssem Aouar.
“Napoli, they still want the defender Sokratis. Talks are continuing over a fee but Napoli doesn’t want to pay a transfer fee for a player who is now into the final year of his contract,” said Sheth.
He also added, “Now look, if Arsenal can release Torreira, Sokratis and Kolasinac, then they would not only bring in funds to help out Mikel Arteta in the transfer market but then they would have 15 non-homegrown players over the age of 21 on their books. So I don’t think Arsenal are quite finished in this transfer window just yet.”