Arsenal 'planning £100million summer spending spree'

Arsenal ‘planning £100million summer spending spree to bring in prime targets Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos’ but the club ‘must sell at least three players first to fund the moves’

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly been told he must sell before buying
  • Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi could be sold to fund high-profile moves 
  • Arteta retains an interest in midfielder Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes 
  • The Spaniard is also keen to retain the services of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos 

Arsenal are set for a whopping £100million summer spending spree this summer, according to reports.

The Gunners retain an interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, while they are also hopeful of extending Dani Ceballos’ loan deal from Real Madrid.

Making those additions would cost the club £100m according to The Sun, who claim the Gunners will do all they can to bring in their prime targets.

Arsenal are planning a summer spending spree to bring in the likes of Thomas Partey

The Gunners are also keen on signing Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes in this window

However, the report adds that the north London side will be forced to sell at least three of their current squad members and perhaps a couple more to fund the moves for Partey, Magalhaes and Ceballos.

The same outlet adds that as a result, the futures of Lucas Torreira, £35m-rated midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, £25m-rated utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Shkodran Mustafi are all unclear ahead of the new season.

But it claims the Gunners quartet could realistically join the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan – whose contract could be cancelled – and Mohamed Elneny through the Emirates Stadium exit door.

The report also adds that centre-backs Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding could also be up for grabs if their pursuit of Magalhaes is successful. 

Arsenal are also hoping of extending Spaniard Dani Ceballos’ loan deal from Real Madrid

But Mikel Arteta has been told he must sell players before he can buy in the transfer window

The Gunners are close to sealing a move for out-of-contract Chelsea star Willian and have now reportedly switched their attentions to defence and midfield.

Partey has been top of Arsenal’s shopping list and is reportedly keen on a move to London, but Atletico Madrid are insisting the Ghanaian’s £45m release clause is met.

It is also understood that Arteta is keen on signing Magalhaes, who is keen to join up with former team-mate Nicolas Pepe, but Manchester United, Everton and Napoli all remain interested in the 22-year-old.

Arsenal are also trying to come to an agreement with Real Madrid over Ceballos, but while the Premier League side prefer a loan move with an option to buy at the end of next season, Madrid want to sell the Spain midfielder this summer and are looking for around £30m.

Lucas Torreira could be one of the player sold to finance moves for their prime targets

Money remains tight at the Emirates, where the club has announced 55 redundancies among their scouting and backroom staff.

Even qualifying for the Europa League following their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea has not generated the cash Arteta needs to complete his ambitious rebuilding programme.

He has reportedly been told he must sell before he can buy, with the club hoping to recoup the £26m they paid for Uruguayan midfielder Torreira if moves for Ceballos and Partey are successful. 

Matteo Guendouzi’s time at the Emirates also looks to be coming to an end this summer

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