Arsenal 'could sell up to ELEVEN stars to fund their summer spree'
Arsenal ‘could sell up to ELEVEN stars to fund their summer spree’ with the Gunners ‘ready to cash in on Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga’… while Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney are also in danger of leaving
- Arsenal will back boss Mikel Arteta by signing Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo
- In order to balance the books, the club will look to offload a number of players
- Xhaka has reportedly been offered the chance to join Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Arsenal could sell up to eleven stars to fund their summer spending spree, it has been reported.
The board are said to be ready to back Mikel Arteta by signing Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo this summer with the Gunners prepared to splurge more than £200million.
However in order to balance the books, the North London club will look to offload a number of players.
Granit Xhaka could depart, with Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Folarin Balogun, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Cedric Soares, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, also on the list.
Arsenal midfielder Xhaka has reportedly been offered the chance to join Bayer Leverkusen.
Arsenal could sell up to eleven stars to fund their summer spending spree, it has been reported
Midfielder Granit Xhaka has reportedly been offered the chance to join Bayer Leverkusen
If he was to remain at Arsenal next season then the Switzerland international wouldn’t be guaranteed a regular starting berth, especially if Declan Rice joins the Gunners from West Ham.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are admirers of Tierney, who has struggled for starts this season following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Young striker Balogun is expected to leave. The 21-year-old has been linked with a £30million move amid interest from clubs such as AC Milan, having shone on loan at Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims this season.
Balogun is keen not to return to the fringes at Arsenal, while Rowe and Holding have been short of playing opportunities this season.
Nelson has also rejected a new contract and is set to leave when his contract expires next month.
The Times claimed that Maitland-Niles, Lokonga, Tavares and Soares are also set depart in the summer.
Maitland-Niles is set to depart Arsenal at the end of the season after the Gunners decided against triggering an option to extend his deal for an extra year.
Lokonga joined the Emirates from Anderlecht last season in a deal worth around £17million and was tipped for big things by his former boss Vincent Kompany.
However, Lokonga – who was compared to former Manchester City star Yaya Toure – struggled to make his mark under Arteta.
Tavares was sent to Marseille on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are admirers of Kieran Tierney, who has struggled for starts this season
Fulham signed Cedric Soares on loan given the fact he was surplus to requirements at Arsenal
Fulham signed Soares on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season given the fact he was surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton gave City the opportunity to win the Premier League at home with two matches to spare.
City, who are currently on an 11-match winning run in the league as part of a 22-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, can guarantee the Premier League title with victory at home to Chelsea next Sunday.
But they will be confirmed as champions even sooner if Arsenal are defeated at relegation-battling Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.
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