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Arsenal ready to sell three defenders

Arsenal have reportedly open to selling the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Sokratis to bolster their summer funds.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to imprint his own vision on the squad in upcoming summer transfer window.

Plans were afoot to splash the cash but that has changed amid the coronavirus crisis that has affected finances in football around the world.

Gunners are also looking likely to miss out on the Uefa Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.

It means that the north London club will have to listen to offers for a number of players in a bid to increase funds.

And in central defence is where Mikel Arteta & Co are currently bloated – though it is a case of quantity over quality.

Luiz, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos could all be at the club next season.

And according The Athletic’s David Ornstein, speaking on the Ornstein and Chapman Podcast, the likes of Holding, Mustafi and Sokratis could all be on their way out.

Arsenal receive Mauro Icardi transfer boost involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal have received a boost in their bid to sign Mauro Icardi this summer, after it emerged that Inter Milan will only accept cash for the Argentine international striker.

French outlet Le10 Sports claims that the Serie A side won’t accept player exchange deals, all-but killing the idea that the Gunners could swap Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners have been tentatively linked with a move to sign the 27-year-old this summer with goalscorer Aubameyang stalls over new contract extension at the club.

Icardi, who spent the season on loan at Paris Saints-Germain, made impressive in their Ligue 1 title-winning campaign with 21 goals and four assist.

PSG are reportedly plans to make his loan deal permanently by submitted £50million but rejected by Inter Milan as they wants £62million on Argentine ace.

The French champions still had offered up both Julien Draxler and Leandro Paredes to the Italians, but both bids had been rejected.

Arsenal had also been linked with a player exchange deal to sign Icardi, as reports suggested they would offer goalscorer Aubameyang to avoid losing the Gabonese ace on a free.

Aubameyang, 30, will be heading into the final 12 months of his deal this summer, and he will become a free agent in the summer of 2021.

Gunners are desperate to avoid losing him on a free, and are believed to be ready to let him leave for £50million this summer.

If they are able to do so, they will have the upper hand on their rivals when it comes to bringing in Mauro Icardi to England.

They will face competition from across London, however, as Chelsea have reportedly made a bid.

Arsenal could sign Philippe Coutinho on loan

Arsenal will only sign Philippe Coutinho if they can land a deal with Barcelona to bring the Brazilian playmaker in on loan and without having to pay his wages in full.

Report from France suggested that Mikel Arteta will enter into talks for Philippe Coutinho, who Barcelona want to sell to raise funds for their attempts to sign both Neymar and Lautaro Martinez.

Yet according to CaughtOffside, Gunners will only sign Brazilian playmaker if it is on loan, because Barcelona want around £70million to sell the 27-year-old

The north London club also cannot afford to pay his wages in full, with the South American’s £250,000-a-week salary well out of the Gunners’ budget.

Instead, they would require Barca to contribute towards a substantial amount of his pay-packet, which they have not had to do with Bayern Munich, having also been given a healthy loan fee from the Bavarians.

Arsenal and Tottenham set to battle it out for Chelsea winger Willian

Arsenal and Tottenham will compete against each other for the free signing of Chelsea’s Willian as they face up to a lean transfer window this summer.

The Premier League rivals are facing a scenario where they will only sign players on free transfers, loans or in swap deals, according to The Telegraph.

Both clubs are reportedly planning for a summer without spending any money as the financial impact of the coronavirus suspension begins to bite.

Nicolas Tagliafico’s agent confirms Ajax exit and club talks

Arsenal target Nicolas Tagliafico’s agent has confirmed his client is set to leave Ajax this summer.

The Argentina international looks set to call time on his two-and-a-half-year spell in Amsterdam.

The 27-year-old has been famed for his lung-bursting runs forward and his impressive stamina.

And ahead of summer transfer window his agent has confirmed that he is already on contact with one club over a possible move – amid interest from the Premier League.

He said: ‘We are looking for a transfer for Tagliafico.

‘We have agreed with Ajax that he would leave this year. After having spent two and a half seasons at the club, it’s the ideal moment for it.

‘If football goes back to being normal, a transfer could be done for Tagliafico.

‘There are clubs that are interested but we have to see how everything pans out with football and the pandemic.

‘I will never mention a name of the club we are speaking with because it hurts the negotiations for us and the player.’

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