Nine Arsenal players ‘up for sale’ to fund club’s rebuilding


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly ready to offload up to nine players as he seeks funds to rebuild his squad ahead of next season.

Arteta’s transfer plans were handed a shot in the arm following the qualification for Europa League after beating Chelsea 2-1 in FA Cup final on Saturday.

However, it is understood that finances are still expected to be restricted at the Emirates and Arteta must sell if he is to raise significant funds.

British football tabloid the Mail reports that Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette are on the ‘For Sale’ list, but can only leave if the Gunners receive a substantial offer.

Other names on the list include  Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi and Henrik Mkhitaryan are also understood to be on their way out.

Uncertainty over the future of exiled Mesut Ozil remains with his agent insisting that the playmaker’s intention to see out the final year of his club-record £350,000-a-week contract.

The Gunners have been in recent weeks linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho as well as free agent Willian.

Arteta also wants to tie down club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as extend Dani Ceballos loan deal from Real Madrid.


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