Paper Talk: Emery eyes trio – but row looms over Arsenal budget

Date published: Tuesday 5th February 2019 8:21

Unai Emery’s plans to sign three players this summer have suffered a blow after learning Arsenal’s spending will be capped, while Man Utd are close to tying an in-form star down to a double-your-money contract, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Arsenal manager Unai Emery will only have £40m to spend in the summer, according to reports on Tuesday.

The Daily Mirror reports that the Spaniard – having been unable to sign a player on a permanent deal in January – has now been told his spending over the summer will be seriously down on what he was previously expecting.

And the paper reports that the news has come as something of a shock to the Gunners manager, with the Daily Mail claiming he had already targeted three positions he needed to strengthen as a matter of urgency this summer.

Having been heavily linked with a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot – who as a free agent would certainly tick the right boxes for Arsenal – Emery is also thought to be keen on signing a new left-back and a new centre half.

The club were linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate on Monday.

News that the club’s spending will be capped will also lead to further claims that top wage earner Mesut Ozil’s time at the club is coming to an end.

The German’s £350,000 a week wages are a serious drain on the club and allowing him to move on will give Arsenal much more scope to bring in new players this summer. Given the amount of time he has spent out of the Arsenal side, the news would not come as a major shock.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move to sign Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, but the forward, while admired by Arsenal, is not thought to be a priority this summer.


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Neil Warnock’s future as Cardiff manager is in doubt over fears the Emiliano Sala tragedy is taking its toll (The Sun)

Tottenham star Harry Kane plans to step up his recovery from an ankle injury next week (The Sun)

Mark Warburton is behind an ambitious bid to buy Championship crisis club Bolton Wanderers (The Sun)

Andre Schurrle has revealed he will quit Fulham and return to Borussia Dortmund if the Cottagers are relegated – a year before the expiry of his two-year loan stint in south-west London (The Sun)

Liverpool have bid about €70m euros (£61.3m) for Napoli’s Italian striker Lorenzo Insigne

Bayern Munich will return with another £35m bid for 18-year-old Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer after failing to land the England Under-19 international in January (Daily Mail)

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley feels manager Rafa Benitez should now sign a new three-year-contract after he delivered the Spaniard’s top January transfer target (Daily Mirror)

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