Arsenal’s plan to raise significant funds via player sales may have been given a major boost.
As reported by football.london, the Gunners need to sell before they can buy players this summer amid links to the likes of Martin Odegaard and Emiliano Buendia, and are looking to raise in excess of £60million.
With AS Roma confident of signing Granit Xhaka after the Swiss midfielder signalled that he is willing to leave Arsenal this summer, a £20m cash injection could soon be on the way as that is the starting point for negotiations.
Furthermore, the north London outfit are keen to wrap up any deal before he heads off to the Euro 2020 with Switzerland in less than a fortnight’s time.
Xhaka isn’t the only midfielder set to leave Arsenal this summer.
Lucas Torreira has admitted that he will discuss a potential move away from north London after spending the season in Spain with Atletico Madrid where he claimed a La Liga winner’s medal.
“I have a contract for two more years with Arsenal, but I’m going to talk to my representative about my future after Copa America,” he told reporters earlier in the week. “I do not rule out any options, obviously I want to feel important, but now the most important thing is the national team.
“I’ll be clear. I’ve always dreamed of playing in Boca but now is not the time I belong to Arsenal and I have two years left on my contract.
“I do not rule out continuing to play in Atleti.”
Joining Xhaka and Torreira through the Emirates Stadium exit door is expected to be Matteo Guendouzi after football.london also reported that Ligue 1 side Marseille were favourites to sign Frenchman.
And it would appear that a return to France is on the cards with L’Equipe reporting that Guendouzi has now ‘agreed’ a deal to join Marseille.
The 22-year-old spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Hertha Berlin, but fell out of favour towards the end of his spell there with the Bundesliga side opting against making his move permanent.
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It remains to be seen how much Arsenal will get for the midfielder, but as per the CIES Football Observatory, he has an estimated transfer value of between €20m-€30m (£17.1m-£25m).
If they can get at least his minimum value, then it would go a long way to the Gunners raising their required target to fund moves for incoming players this summer.
Guendouzi joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 from Lorient for an undisclosed fee, which was believed to be around £7million, plus add-ons.
The Frenchman’s exit would mark Arsenal’s first transfer of what is expected to be a busy summer window.