Monday, 18 February 2019

The players Arsenal could sell to help increase Unai Emery's summer transfer budget

Paris Saint-Germain's reported interest in Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could solve Unai Emery's transfer problems in the summer.

According to The Express , the Ligue 1 leaders are keeping tabs on their former youth product and view him as a potential replacement for Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave the Parc des Princes on a free transfer in the summer.

The report also states that PSG would have to offer in the region of £60m in order to lure the France U21 international back to the club.

There's no doubt that selling Guendouzi would anger the majority of supporters, but that mooted fee could tempt the Gunners into doing business as it would allow Emery to invest in other areas of the squad.

Furthermore, when taking into consideration that they could miss out on the Champions League next season, the transfer budget would likely be limited to around £50m and that can just about sign one top class player these days.

So any transfer offer that gives Emery more spending power in the summer would have to be considered.

That's not to say selling Guendouzi is the only way to raise funds ahead of the summer transfer window as the club's will save money once Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech leave upon the expiry of their deals.

Then there's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Danny Welbeck - both out of contract in June and unlikely to be offered new deals.

However, the north London outfit only stand to save money on wages with that quartet leaving in the summer and there needs to be a plan where they can resist any potential offer for Guendouzi and increase Emery's transfer budget at the same time.

So is there anyone at Arsenal who could be sold in the summer to help boost the transfer budget?

Based on an estimated value of each member of the Arsenal senior squad we take a look at the players the club could look to cash in on come the end of the season.

Mohamed Elneny

football.London revealed in January that the Egypt international would be allowed to leave if a suitable offer came in.

Elneny has featured just four times in the Premier League this season under Emery and going out of the FA Cup is likely to limit his game time for the remainder of the campaign.

Potential transfer fee: £15m

Emery would not stand in his way if an offer in the region of £15m came in.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

It's been a mixed 13 months for the Armenian playmaker following his move to the Emirates - a deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United and it's not conclusive as to who got the better of that swap deal.

Mkhitaryan scored the first goal of the Emery era and has been a regular under the Spaniard when fit, but hasn't shown the Borussia Dortmund type of performances on a consistent level.

Potential transfer fee: £25m

Is on big wages which could put many teams off, but a £25m offer would be too good to turn down as Emery could use that money to invest in an actual winger.

Mesut Ozil

All signs are pointing toward the highest paid player at the club leaving in the summer, or at least the club are attempting to push him out.

Ozil's stock has dropped following a difficult World Cup last summer and a below-par - by his usual high standards - first half of the season and has made two appearances in 2019 under the Gunners head coach.

Potential transfer fee: £15m-£25m

Given he earns around £350,000 a week and loves the London life, just getting Ozil off the wage bill seems to be the plan at the moment. But finding someone to take on those wages will prove very difficult and the Gunners would probably have to accept a bid well under his value.

David Ospina

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly hinted at turning Ospina's loan deal into a permanent one for next season.

"Ospina was meant to play on Thursday in the Europa League, but wasn't feeling up to it, so I switched things around and used him [against Torino] instead," Ancelotti said, as reported by

FourFourTwo .

"Ospina will remain at Napoli next season, regardless of how many games he plays."

Potential transfer fee: £3m

It's likely that the Colombia international will be sold for around just £3m.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German hasn't really convinced during his time in England and is probably the unanimous choice amongst supporters to be sold in the summer transfer window.

There have been reports that the Gunners are looking to offload Mustafi in the summer and plan to replace him with a centre-back, amid links to Mainz's Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Potential transfer fee: £30m

Luckily for Arsenal, Mustafi still has a few more years left to run on his contract at the Emirates and that should ensure they recoup most of the £35m fee they paid Valencia in 2016.

Calum Chambers

It's unclear as to what the future holds for Chambers at Arsenal. He looked to have got his career back on track after impressing in pre-season and then signing a new contract.

But a few days later he joined Fulham on loan and might slip even further down the pecking order upon his return especially if a new centre-back arrives in the summer.

Potential transfer fee: £20m

Has impressed at Craven Cottage - albeit in a defensive midfield role - and that might alert a few potential suitors. Tying him down to a new deal last July means Arsenal could command a decent fee.

Carl Jenkinson

It's somewhat of a mystery - and quite amusing - that in 2019 Carl Jenkinson is still an Arsenal player.

Is way down the pecking order despite getting some game time this term. Certainly living the life of most Gunners fans, but should be on his way out at some point this year.

Potential transfer fee: £2m

His contract expires at the end of next season so won't be bringing in a huge fee.

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