Advertisement Arsenal to fund summer transfer spree by putting 10 first team players up for sale Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who is in the final year of his contract, is wanted by Napoli and Shkodran Mustafi could also be allowed to leave despite his improvement under Arteta. The versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles could represent a surprise casualty of a midfield overhaul, especially given his performances in Wembley wins over City and Chelsea when he excelled at wing-back. Spurs are willing to test the waters with a reported £30million bid, while Arsenal are exploring the option of a player-plus-cash swap deal involving the exiled Matteo Guendouzi and Lyon’s gifted midfield technician Houssem Aouar.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMohamed Elneny will be sold this summer having spent last season out on loan, while Lucas Torreira could return to Serie A amid interest from Roma and AC Milan.Aubameyang’s strike partner and close friend Alexandre Lacazette is said to be interesting Juventus, meanwhile, and England Under-21 international Reiss Nelson, whose chances of regular first team football have decreased following the arrival of Willian, could command a transfer fee upwards of £15million. Arsenal would happily entertain offers for Mesut Ozil whose £350,000-a-week contract remains a huge burden on the club, but the former Real Madrid star recently underlined his intention to see out the remaining 12 months of his current deal and won’t be sold against his will. AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: ‘Hopefully great news’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teases Arsenal fans ahead of contract announcementMORE: Willian insists he wanted Chelsea to win FA Cup final despite imminent Arsenal transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Gabriel is expected to complete his move to Arsenal after undergoing a medical (Picture: Getty)A lack of Champions League and matchday revenue, however, has forced Arsenal to consider ways of balancing the books. The club has already confirmed its intention to make 55 redundancies, while Raul Sanllehi vacated his position as head of football last week and technical director Edu continues to oversee a major overhaul of the scouting department. Sanllehi’s departure has resulted in Arteta assuming greater control over Arsenal’s transfer dealings and the former club captain is striving to create a more balanced squad. According to The Times, the 38-year old is willing to sanction the departures of four central defenders, four midfielders and two fowards. English duo Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are likely to be deemed surplus to requirements, with the latter attracting attention from Fulham. The 10 players who could leave Arsenal this summer DEFENDERSRob Holding Calum ChambersSokratis PapastathopoulosShkodran MustafiMIDFIELDERSAinsley Maitland-NilesLucas TorreiraMatteo GuendouziMohamed ElnenyFORWARDSAlexandre LacazetteReiss Nelson Mikel Arteta is undertaking a massive overhaul of his Arsenal squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are looking to fund their summer recruitment drive by selling as many as 10 first team squad players with the FA Cup winners also conscious of the need to cut their wage bill. Mikel Arteta’s first half-season in charge culminated in an FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea which sealed Arsenal’s place in the Europa League next season, but the Spaniard has acknowledged that his squad is still some way short of the quality required to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners have already added Willian to their ranks this summer and are closing in on a deal for Lille centre-half Gabriel, who is said to have undertaken a medical ahead of official confirmation of his arrival.AdvertisementAdvertisementWilliam Saliba has returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne and will compete for a first team spot, while David Luiz, as well as January loan recruits, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, have all committed their futures to the north London club. ADVERTISEMENTIt is anticipated that skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future will be resolved in the coming days with last season’s top goalscorer ready to end months of speculation by signing a new three-year deal.
RelatedPostsNo Content Available Lekki Feeder has emerged winners of Eko Disco Open, the tennis competition sponsored by Eko Electricity Distribution Company at the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938. The championship, which started on October 4, came to a close on October 11. The tournament played host to tennis professionals and enthusiasts at the club. The winners treated the audience to a great display of passion, resilience and skill to defeat their opponents, Ijora 33KA feeder, in the finals after their skill was put to test on the day. The teams were named after the 33KVA feeders of the event sponsors, EKEDC. In attendance at the finals were the Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Yomi Orenuga; Vice Chairman of the club, Tafa Zibiri-Aliu; Chairman of Tennis section, Abimbola Okubena; wife of the Chairman, Board of Directors of Eko Disco, Sharon Momoh; Chief Legal Officer of Eko Disco, Wola Joseph; General Manager, Corporate Communications of Eko Disco, Godwin Idemudia; other management and staff of the company; and tennis lovers. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, who was represented by the Chief Finance Officer of the company, Joseph Esenwa, thanked the audience and players for taking out time to enjoy the beautiful game. Fadebiyi said: “The tournament was borne out of our love and support for sports and recreation. “At EKEDC we support sports development and recreation as they help in the work-life balance. “We are delighted that the maiden edition is successful and we look forward to having more of this.”Reacting to the sponsors of the tournament, Orenuga showed his delight at the company’s initiative to sponsor the championship. He mentioned that the club will always be ready to receive the company and suggested that the staff of the company should participate in the next edition of the championship. The tournament came to a great close as the guests who had been treated to a great display of tennis roared as Lekki Feeder, the winners, were presented their trophies and certificates. Ijora 33KVA feeder, who came second, was also presented their trophies. Tags: Eko Disco Tennis Championship