We barely entered January and already the Arsenal rumor has gone into overdrive.
The Gunners squad are in need of a massive overhaul, and while Mikel Arteta may be pleased with his team’s recovery in recent weeks, moving deadwood to Emirates Stadium undoubtedly remains his plus. big challenge at the club.
While Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have already secured temporary moves away from north London, we took a look at some of the other players who might follow suit as they head for the Emirates exit door during the next few weeks.
Potential destination: Fenerbahce
Potential transfer fee: free
Could it finally be the end of the most boring transfer saga in Premier League history?
Well we say the transfer saga, it’s not really a transfer saga, plus Arsenal’s inept contracts department handing out a ridiculously huge deal to a player whose influence on the first team was already starting to wane, then suddenly regretting it .
The German has been heavily linked with a move to MLS, however, a move to Turkey appears to be the most likely, and if the Gunners can take him off payroll now instead of waiting for his contract to expire this summer , they can count it as a good deal – quite a bit.
Potential destination: Olympiacos, Genoa
Potential transfer fee: £ 2m
We have already mentioned two defenders who approved temporary deals outside the club in January, now to those who are ready to secure permanent moves.
As the entire Arsenal transfer squad has been a total shambles in recent years, their money splurging on unnecessary center-backs has undoubtedly been their centerpiece.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £ 18million in 2018, and in truth he looked beyond his best from the moment he arrived at the club.
The Greek side of Olympiacos is said to be interested in capturing the 32-year-old, and if Arsenal can absolutely recoup any of the fees they paid for him, they may consider themselves lucky.
Potential destination: Barcelona
Potential transfer fee: £ 5m
On the next episode of pointless center-backs that Arsenal paid ridiculous money for – probably needs work on the title, but it’s a work in progress.
It could literally be just a copy and paste job of the section above. To be fair to Shkodran Mustafi, he might not be past his best when he got to Arsenal he never really had a better.
Barcelona have been linked at center-back in recent months, and although they have denied pursuing him any further, an injury to Gerard Pique and their lack of financial clout could mean they don’t have many better options – incredibly. .
Potential Destination: Fulham
Potential transfer fee: £ 7million
For all we laughed at Arsenal center-backs, Calum Chambers is a rare breed in that he isn’t actually a bad defender, he just doesn’t seem to be loved by Arteta – or by any Gunners boss since moving to north London for that. matter.
The 25-year-old (yes, only 25!) Has been dispatched out of the club twice on loan at Fulham and Middlesbrough, and he has been impressed during both periods.
However, Boro and the Cottagers were relegated in the respective seasons he spent with the duo and therefore a permanent deal was not viable – now we have said out loud that his whole Gunners situation has a bit more sense.
Rumor has it that Fulham will sniff around again as they look to beef up their defensive options and it could be a good deal for all parties involved.
Potential destination: Leeds
Potential transfer fees: loan
Arsenal’s academy has produced more than its fair share of promising youngsters in recent years, but despite all the excitement surrounding their arrival in the senior setup, the majority tend to die out just as quickly.
Reiss Nelson has been in and around the Gunners’ first team for quite some time now, although he has yet to truly produce a game-winning display that suggests he’s here to stay.
A loan transfer to Leeds has been rumored, and a change of scenery and the ability to play football on a more regular basis could be a good option for all parties involved.