The 2019/2020 season may as well be over with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) still on the large. So we will have to turn our attention to next season when hopefully things are back to normal, a fresh start and a new season for Arsenal.
We take a look at how Arsenal could line up in the next season (2020/2021) considering factors such as the low transfer budget that Arsenal tend to have. We look at the arrivals and departures of players and the fees they could cost or fetch the club.
The first signing Arsenal could make would be Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Partey, who has a £45m release clause in his contract. Partey would introduce the much needed steel into Arsenal’s midfield.
Central defence remains one of the key issues Arsenal are yet to resolve. Torres 23 who plays for Villareal has been linked with a move to Arsenal after having an impressive season with the La Liga side. Arsenal would have to pay his £43m release clause to obtain his services.
Arsenal have lacked creativity in the final third, Ozil is no longer what he used to be. Fekir would bring something new to Arsenal’s attacking midfield. He would cost Arsenal around £35m though they could negotiate with Real Betis and snap him up for slightly less.
The Bournemouth winger is available for free in the summer when his contract expires. With his Premier League experience he would balance Arsenal’s attack and give Aubameyang a chance to play as the centre-forward rather than on the left-wing. He would be rotated with Lacazette depending on the occasion.
Arsenal could acquire another french prodigy from the French Ligue 2. Gueye 21 is a hardworking left footed midfielder who can play as a defensive midfielder as well as a central midfielder. The Gunners could sign him for just £7m and groom him into the box-to-box midfielder they need.
Dani Ceballos (loan);
Ceballos has impressed ever since Mikel Arteta reinstated him into the first team. Arsenal could extend his loan deal and maybe purchase him permanently if he impresses.
The Portuguese right back is yet to feature for Arsenal ever since his loan move from Southampton. Arsenal have an option to sign him permanently for £5m. With his EPL experience he would provide competition to Bellerin.
The new signings would cost Arsenal a staggering £141m a fee that Arsenal’s board would not splash therefore Arsenal would have to recoup that money from player sales.
With the arrival of a defensive midfielder Arsenal could finally sell the inconsistent Xhaka for £27m.
The Greek defender would be surplus to requirement with the arrival of a new centre back as well as the return of William Saliba from his loan spell. He could be sold for £7m.
Inconsistent and an error prone defender though impressive of recent, Arsenal could finally cash in on Mustafi for around £18m.
Arsenal could finally part ways with their highest paid player who is longer efficient once they find his replacement. He could fetch Arsenal £15m as well as free up their wage bill.
Mkhitaryan will be of no use to Arsenal given his age and performances. Arsenal could negotiate with AS Roma were he is on loan and obtain a fee around £15m.
Another player surplus to requirement Elneny could be sold to Besiktas for around £6m.
Ainsley may have impressed under Arteta however his desire to play in midfield instead of defence may leave Arteta no choice but to sell him for £15m.
A whooping £103m will have been obtained from player sales excluding players loaned out. Players like Joe Willock, Rob Holding, and Mavropanos could be loaned out to get playing time and improve themselves leading to that fee going up.
That means Arsenal will have a net spend of just £38m which would fit the low-budget they have. Unsettled players like Lucas Torreira and Aubameyang will be staying, we expect Arsenal to make a bold move and keep Aubameyang until he signs a new contract given the improved performances next season.
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