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Arsenal manager Edu plans to provide manager Mikel Arteta with a bigger transfer pot this summer by shedding at least four big-name stars to help raise funds.
The Gunners allowed several high-profile stars to advance in January as they cleared the deck. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac were allowed to move on. However, the exodus will not stop there, with Edu He’s also looking to offload at least two more as part of the Arsenal rebuild.
According to Sun., the Gunners also plan to let four other players move on this summer. According to the report, the two with the highest profile will be forward Alexandre Lacazette and defender David Luiz.
Brazilian defender Luiz will be out of contract at the end of the season and his contract will not be extended. Lacazette has meanwhile lost his first-team spot, but is likely to still have a transfer fee of around £ 25 million.
The Gunners also want two loan stars to go on to generate more revenue in Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.
Guendouzi He joined Hertha Berlin on a loan stint over the summer after fighting Mikel Arteta. While he has impressed in the Bundesliga, the newspaper claims there is no going back for him in the Emirates. Arsenal are reportedly seeking around £ 25 million for his services..
Torreira, meanwhile, will likely generate slightly less after his indifference with Atlético de Madrid. In fact, there were even theories on why Diego Simeone was giving him a lack of playing time in the Wanda Metropolitano.
The report claims that Arsenal hope to generate around £ 65 million in sales by allowing the quartet to go ahead. However, the biggest savings will come from your weekly salary. The Gunners, like many other clubs, have seen their budget affected by the lack of income of the day. In fact, the January loan outings of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac and Joe Willock saved the Gunners £ 16.5 million in wages.
Lacazette, for example, has a package of £ 150,000 a week. And since Arteta prefers a front of three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bacary Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, it seems that Lacazette’s days are numbered.
With less than 18 months left on their contract, the Gunners know the time to sell is now.
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Arteta ‘doesn’t believe’ in Lacazette
Earlier this week, former Arsenal youth Andy Cole claimed that Arteta had lost faith in Lacazette.
“Look at Lacazette and I’m disappointed in him because I don’t think Arteta believes in him,” Cole said. talkSPORT.
“He’s thinking about Aubameyang coming back after two games on the bench and getting a hat-trick. He’s saying to himself, ‘That could have been me.’
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