Multiple footballers at risk of being sold as Arsenal aims to generate £100m in funds
In their quest to balance their financial books this summer, Arsenal is actively seeking to offload several players. According to ‘The Mirror’, the players on the transfer list include Sambi Lokonga, as well as defenders Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, and Nuno Tavares, among others.
While Arsenal’s recent signings have grabbed the headlines, it comes as no surprise. The London club has splurged over £200 million this summer on the likes of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber. Additionally, they have secured a loan move for goalkeeper David Raya.
However, the club must also generate revenue through player sales to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. So far, they have dealt with small fees for Matt Turner, Aaron Trusty, and Pablo Mari, while Granit Xhaka fetched £12 million from Bayer Leverkusen.
Arsenal is on the verge of selling Folarin Balogun to Monaco for approximately £34 million. Furthermore, they are looking to loan Kieran Tierney to Real Sociedad for this season.
‘The Mirror’ indicates that several other players are likely to depart before the transfer window closes on September 1st. Midfielder Albert Sambi-Lokonga is almost certain to leave, with interest reported from clubs like Brighton.
The same publication highlights that if Arsenal fails to find a buyer for their £72-million signing Nicolas Pepe, they are prepared to terminate his contract. Due to his high wages and lackluster performances on loan at Nice last season, there hasn’t been much interest in the 28-year-old.
In addition to Sambi-Lokonga, Arsenal is also actively trying to sell Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, and Nuno Tavares. These three defenders are deemed surplus to Mikel Arteta’s plans at Emirates. Holding has attracted interest from Turkish club Besiktas, while Tavares has caught Aston Villa’s attention after talks with Nottingham Forest fell through.