Arsenal may be without European football for the first time in 25 years, but their summer transfer plans remain as ambitious as ever.
The Gunners have a new addition to the executive structure in Richard Garlick, who will support technical director Edu and offer contract expertise after arriving from the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta’s side are looking to sell a number of first team players this summer, with the subsequent funds set to be reinvested in the playing squad.
“There are so many things to do because we already have a lot of players on loan and a lot of players with contracts still that we need to sort.” Arteta told Arsenal Player.
“It will depend what happens with a lot of those players and what we are able to recruit to improve the team, that is going to determine where we are.”
football.london takes a look at five players Arsenal can sell this summer to raise funds for new signings.
Xhaka was persuaded to stay at Arsenal by manager Mikel Arteta in January 2020, with a move to Hertha Berlin in advanced stages after the 28-year-old agreed terms with the Bundesliga side.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach captain, who is also admired by his former club, is happy in London and recently became a father for the second time, but is understood to be attracted by the prospect of playing under new Roma boss Jose Mourinho, whom he has huge respect for.
Since arriving from Gladbach in 2016, Xhaka has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners and established himself as a regular under former coaches Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery as well as current boss Arteta.
Guendouzi is expected to join Marseille in the coming weeks after positive talks between Arsenal and the French side.
The France Under-21 captain spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, but the Bundesliga team are not looking to extend his stay in Germany.
Guendouzi as sent out on loan courted following a high-profile argument with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, coupled with another incident which occurred on Arsenal’s mid-season trip to Dubai.
A fee in the region of £15million has been touted for the central midfielder.
The Uruguay international has had a tough season after the passing of his mother, and previously spoke of his desire to play for Boca Juniors.
However, it is unlikely that Boca will have the financial capital to propose a realistic deal for Arsenal to consider.
Torreira has suitors in Spain and Italy and has also spoken about staying at Atletico Madrid, despite a lack of game time under Diego Simeone last season.
“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 said.
“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.”
The Gunners right back, who has two years remaining on his current contract, is keen on leaving north London this summer after spending over a decade at the club, and has been linked with Real Betis.
Bellerin previously revealed his affinity with Real Betis after his dad bought him a Los Verdiblancos shirt when he was growing up.
His former Arsenal teammate Dani Ceballos, who won’t be returning to the club for a third loan spell, has told Spanish media that the Barcelona-born defender is “Betis to the max”.
However, the Spanish side are keen on making it a loan move due to their financial constraints – a deal which Arsenal are unlikely to accept.
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The forward scored six goals for Arsenal last season but is behind the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.
With one year remaining on his current contract, the Gunners are exploring options for Nketiah, who is wanted by newly-promoted Premier League side Watford.
A fee between £10-15million would represent good value for Nketiah due to the lack of time remaining left on his contract.