Arsenal could axe three fringe stars in quick succession after Fabrizio Romano provided updates on the exits of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Pablo Mari.
The Gunners have already wrapped up the bulk of their arrivals this summer with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus their most eye-catching arrivals thus far. A move for Youri Tielemans continues to be touted. Whether the highly-rated Leicester ace will leave the King Power should become clear in the coming weeks.
On the exits front, Arsenal still have plenty of work to do trimming the fat of their squad. However, per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, they’re poised to get two deals over the line very shortly.
Firstly, back-up goalkeeper Bernd Leno could become a Fulham player as early as today.
The German stopper, 30, has agreed terms over an £8m switch to Craven Cottage and Romano confirmed Leno will undergo a medical today.
Fulham are keen to wrap up the deal as soon as the medical is passed. A three year deal with a club option for a fourth season will be signed.
Leno exit followed by Torreira, Mari?
The second exit could come in the form of forgotten midfielder, Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguayan is on Galatasaray’s radar and Italian outlet Calciomercato claimed an initial three-year deal has been tabled. If signed, Torreira would pocket around £50,000-a-week – £25,000-a-week less than his current salary in north London.
Torreira would move to Turkey in a deal that could rise to around £6m, per the Sun. That would represent a hefty £20m loss on Arsenal’s £26m outlay, though with only one year left on his contract, any return is better than none.
A follow-up tweet from Romano claimed the ball is now in the player’s court with Arsenal ‘ready to accept’ Galatasaray’s proposal.
The final player poised to leave in a rapid-fire triple exit could be Pablo Mari.
Romano described the 28-year-old Spaniard as ‘the next player to leave’ after Leno and Torreira.
Serie A pair Verona and Monza are namechecked as potential landing spots. Mari re-established himself in Italy last season with a fine loan stint at Udinese.
Mari now surplus to requirements
Monza are ambitious and on the rise after winning promotion from Serie B last term. Verona, meanwhile, have established themselves as a bona fide mid-table club in recent years.
Mari would be fifth-choice centre-back at the Emirates if he did stick around. Takehiro Tomiyasu also operated at centre-half at Bologna on numerous occasions in the past, meaning Mari may actually be as low as sixth.
The inclusion of William Saliba into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans this summer is likely the final nail in Mari’s Arsenal career.
Saliba has gone from strength to strength during three successive loan spells back in France. However, his time at Arsenal is finally coming.
The French ace has been sensational in pre-season and may even edge out Ben White for a starting role.
White will likely start the season at right-back with Tomiyasu lacking fitness. Once the Japan international is back, all eyes will be on who Mikel Arteta chooses to partner Gabriel Magalhaes.