Unai Emery will reportedly sanction an Arsenal clear-out this summer of up to seven players as he bids to raise some transfer funds.
A report in the Daily Mail claims Emery will have a budget of just £45million to do business with this summer, but he has been informed that he will be given anything he raises from players sales towards new signings.
That has led the Gunners boss into drawing up a list of players he is willing to offload, and with the need to trim the wage bill too there could be some big-name departures when the international transfer window opens on June 9.
Central defender Shkodran Mustafi – a £35million signing by Arsene Wenger – is one of the player’s Emery will listen to offers for, but negotiating a deal away for the German will not prove easy. The club have apparently tried to sell Mustafi in the last two summer windows but have failed to find a buyer.
That is unlikely to change this time around, especially after his display in the home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – two players on huge salaries at The Emirates – are also up for sale. Ozil is on £350,000 a week, while Mkhitaryan signed a £180,000-a-week deal when he arrived from Manchester United.
A failure to reach the Champions League will mean the club will be under pressure to cut the wage bill and those two departures would save the club a fortune, while Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech’s departures will also knock a considerable chunk of their salary bill.
The report claims the club will also listen to offers for Carl Jenkinson, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and David Ospina – with the latter two currently on loan at Fulham and Napoli respectively.
The out-of-contract Danny Welbeck, who earns around £80,000 a week, is also set to leave on a free transfer this summer.