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Two Arsenal deals agreed, as Edu includes £22.5m signing in huge 14-man clearout

Arsenal stars Rob Holding, Bernd Leno and Ben White

Arsenal chief Edu could oversee as many as 14 exits this summer, with a report revealing who could leave and who’s already agreed their next moves.

The Gunners were the biggest spenders in European football last summer. Around £143m was forked out on six new first-team faces including Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Martin Odegaard. That quartet have already made a huge impact in north London and are a big factor in why Arsenal are currently occupying fourth spot.

Youngsters Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga also arrived, and have shown glimpses of what is to come in their bright futures.

However, according to Football London, Arsenal are not content to rest on their laurels.

Indeed, a new raft of acquisitions may be required this summer in multiple departments of their squad.

The outlet states a new right-back and central midfielder will be targeted. Furthermore, at least two strikers are expected to be signed given their upcoming lack of depth up front.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed in January, while both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will be free agents at season’s end.

But to help finance their arrivals and to clear space in the squad, the article notes 14 players Edu could axe this summer, and two deals have already been agreed.

Two Arsenal exits already agreed

Firstly, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Matteo Guendouzi will both turn their loan moves permanent at Stuttgart and Marseille respectively. The outlet describes these deals as ‘already agreed by Arsenal’.

Elsewhere, there could be significant changes in the goalkeeping department.

£22.5m signing Bernd Leno will be surplus to requirements after the Gunners signed American Matt Turner in February. The stopper will arrive in the summer and take Leno’s place as back-up to Ramsdale.

That could also see fellow goalkeeper Alex Runarsson depart. The Iceland international has never convinced in rare opportunities in north London and is currently out on loan in Belgium. A permanent sale is expected to be sought.

Fellow loanees Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin are also available for sale. Bellerin hinted his future lays away from the Emirates in January when speaking about how well Tomiyasu has played in his position of right-back so far.

January signing Auston Trusty will be loaned out to a European side this summer. The centre-half was signed from Colorado Rapids on deadline day and was immediately loaned back to the MLS side until the summer.

Fellow centre-back Pablo Mari is the eighth name mentioned, with his future potentially hinging on whether William Saliba is finally given a chance by Mikel Arteta next year.

Cedric Soares could also depart if a new right-back is signed. The Portuguese would be relegated to third-choice in the position behind the new arrival and Tomiyasu.

Moving to midfield, Lucas Torreira is expected to complete his permanent switch to Fiorentina – where he is currently on loan. Additionally, Granit Xhaka is expected to be targeted by Jose Mourinho’s Roma once again. But the Swiss’ resurgence this season could see him retained.

Finally, decisions will have to be made on impending free agents Mohamed Elneny, Lacazette and Nketiah.