Arsenal place combined £67m price tag on unwanted duo

Date published: Monday 31st August 2020 1:49

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Arsenal are looking to raise around £67m with the sale of two players in the next fortnight, according to a report.

The Times reports that Mikel Arteta is looking to trim down his squad imminently and midfield duo Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will likely be two of those who are moved on.

The paper claim the Gunners have placed a value of £27m on the under-performing Torreira, while Guendouzi, who does not see eye to eye with Arteta, valued at £40m.

Torreira’s future in north London has been in doubt for some time, however the 24-year-old remains under contract until 2023.

He has been linked with Fiorentina and earlier this month he did reveal to Sport 890 in Uruguay that he was considering his future.

“Obviously, if I were to leave, I would do it for the best possible destination. We have to be calm and wait,” said the midfielder.

“Last season I played continuously, this one less so.

“This year has been more complicated: I have lost continuity and confidence. I do not like this.

 

 

Guendouzi meanwhile, is wanted by Valencia, claims The Times, although they are favouring a loan move.

Arteta and Guendouzi have a history of falling out in just the eight months since the former Man City assistant took over the reins.

The Spanish boss is believed to want the 21-year-old out and earlier this month the midfielder was believed to be one of the players reportedly placed on the transfer list.

Maitland-Niles rethink

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Callum Chambers’ future is up in the air and Rob Holding, 24, is expected to move on loan to Newcastle

However, one player he now look set to stay is Ainsley Maitland-Niles, despite interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The versatile 23-year-old was expected to be one of those players moved on, but his recent form has persuaded Arteta to keep him. In fact Maitland-Niles was man of the match in Saturday’s Community Shield victory and Arteta now wants him to stay.

Maitland-Niles has been called up by England and after the Wembley win over Liverpool, Arteta said: “The way he’s playing at the moment shows me that he can do it. His mentality, the way he is going about every single detail for the preparation of a football game is much better than before.

“I’m delighted and very happy for him as he’s changing a lot of things around him to become the player that he can be.

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