Two sales to raise funds as Arsenal foray into deal for Liverpool target
Arsenal have made initial enquiries to Bayern Munich about the availability of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to a report.
The 29-year-old wants to leave Bayern this summer, preferably to the Premier League, after refusing a new deal. Indeed, reports claim his ideal destination is Liverpool.
However, the Reds are unwilling to pay Bayern’s asking price, with the Spaniard available for free in January. The German champions allegedly want at least £30million for the midfielder.
Wages are also an issue, with the player earning a significant salary in Bavaria.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Arsenal have now also registered their interest in Thiago. Mikel Arteta is eyeing new signings this summer as he continues his Gunners rebuild.
However, the newspaper adds that Arsenal would also need Bayern’s asking price to be lower. Although, player sales could help the north London side raise funds.
The report claims Lucas Torreira and Mohamed Elneny are two players who could go to bring in extra funds. Elneny was most recently on loan at Besiktas, bringing that deal to an end this summer.
However, despite him returning to The Emirates, it is unlikely he will have a future role under Arteta next season.
Torreira, meanwhile, has struggled for form at Arsenal and is allegedly a target for Serie A side Roma.
THIAGO KEEN TO MASTER A THIRD EUROPEAN LEAGUE
Thiago could look to move to the Premier League to master a third top European League.
The Spaniard’s trophy-laden career saw him pick up silverware at Barcelona before his move to Bayern.
As such, he could look to round off an illustrious career by targeting a move to the English top flight.
Thiago has won the Champions League, four LaLiga titles and seven Bundesliga titles among other achievements.
ARSENAL FIRE SALE
Arsenal, meanwhile, could look to sell more players than Torreiera and Elneny.
With the Gunners targeting a move for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, three defenders are now reportedly at risk.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi all now face uncertain futures.