According to The Mirror, Arsenal will only have a summer transfer budget of £40 million to use to strengthen their squad.
As per the aforementioned report, just £40 million will be available to Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi, and the rest of the Gunners’ recruitment team, during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Given the current state of the market – which saw Bournemouth recently slap a £75 million price tag on Callum Wilson, as reported by the Daily Star – £40 million won’t get the north London club very far.
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For a club with ambitions of making themselves Champions League mainstays once again, this reported figure represents a paltry budget. What’s more, the chances of 100% owner Stan Kroenke stumping up any cash himself are non-existent.
Emery and his team must find a way of increasing this figure themselves, which means every surplus to requirements member of his squad must be shipped off to the highest bidder in the summer.
Fortunately – for the purposes of this money-making endeavour, if not for the current state of the club – Arsenal have plenty of deadwood to shift out of the Emirates Stadium.
Emery certainly needs to overhaul his defence in the summer – a process that can begin with the removal of those who aren’t currently contributing positively to it. Veteran right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner’s contract expires at the end of season, and must not be renewed. On top that, the time has very much come for the club to give up on Shkodran Mustafi – if Arsenal can recoup anything close to the 26-year-old’s £27 million Transfermarkt valuation then that has to be considered a great deal.
Mustafi is not the only under-performer Emery could seek to cash in on. Transfermarkt value Carl Jenkinson at £2.25 million, Mohamed Elneny at £9 million, Henrikh Mkhitaryan at £27 million and Mesut Ozil at £31.5 million.
A ruthless sale of all of these out-of-favour stars would see Emery’s squad quickly become more balanced and give his transfer kitty a much-needed cash injection.