Mikel Arteta ‘may need to consider SELL Bukayo Saka to fund Arsenal’s overhaul this summer … with the club sweating over a permanent deal for Real Madrid borrower Martin Odegaard and up to SEVENTEEN other first-team stars. see their future ‘
- It would hit hard if he didn’t make it to the Champions League for the fifth year in a row
- The worst scenario would be the sale of Bukayo Saka, among others
- Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney are other big stars at risk of leaving
- Seventeen names will leave earlier, including David Luiz, center back
- Five of the club’s current loans are destined to be sent in the summer
- Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette all face an uncertain future
Mikel Arteta will reportedly have to consider selling Bukayo Saka to raise money for Arsenal to spend over the summer, with a permanent deal for Martin Odegaard being top priority.
The 19-year-old has been one of The Gunners’ star players since the Spaniard took over from the Emirates in December 2019, performing consistently on both left back and left wing.
Odegaard, estimated by Real Madrid at £ 35 million, was one of the team’s other shining lights this season in a campaign that saw the North Londoners in the middle of the table after finishing eighth last season and failing. to defend the FA Cup after crashing against Southampton in the fourth round.
Mikel Arteta may need to sell Bukayo Saka to buy Real Madrid borrower Martin Odegaard
Saka was one of Arsenal’s best players under Arteta, despite being the youngest regular player
Odegaard’s arrival will require major departures if Arsenal do not qualify for the Champions League
The Gunners are six points behind seventh-seeded Tottenham and nine points behind Chelsea in fourth place
However, with Covid causing financial problems in all of world football and Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League looking shaky at best, Arteta may have to let go of his reward to bolster the squad ahead of next season, according to The times
Despite the performances of Saka, Odegaard and left back Kieran Tierney, Arsenal look to the very real prospect of not being able to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1995-96 next season, as they are six points behind seventh-seeded Tottenham. played one game more than their bitter rivals – and nine points behind Chelsea in fourth place.
Qualifying for the Champions League is possible by winning this season’s Europa League and would give Arteta the opportunity to add to his squad without losing key players, but that will still be a tough task despite an excellent quarter-final win against Slavia Prague.
If they fail to qualify for Europe’s top league – something they have failed to do for the past four seasons – Saka could be one of the players for sale as the club expects to lose around £ 150 million this season. to the pandemic, although it should be emphasized that Arteta is eager to keep the teen, along with Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Martinelli and Tierney.
However, up to 17 other players are more likely to go to the exit, most notably current tenants Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Konstantinos Mavropanos, with the Greek center back on loan to Bundesliga side Stuttgart who only played eight times. for Arsenal since his arrival in January 2018.
Hector Bellerin has consistently been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and has previously expressed a desire for a new challenge, while at least one of Calum Chambers or Rob Holding could leave, despite the latter’s contract that kept him with the club until 2024 .
Owner Stan Kreonke has to balance the club’s budget after the dramatic impact of Covid-19
Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will all likely leave the club
Hector Bellerin has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and wanted to leave early
At least one of Calum Chambers and Rob Holding is likely to leave – and both may go
David Luiz’s £ 120,000 a week wage would be hard to pay without European football, while Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are at a crossroads in their careers.
It is also likely that Arsenal will want to jettison Willian and Nicolas Pepe as their purchases have turned out to be a disaster, while Dani Ceballos returns to Real Madrid this summer after two seasonal loans away from the Bernabeu.
On the offensive, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will both be out of contracts in the summer of 2022, and the Englishman failed to push through this season, as evidenced by his goal of just five in all competitions this season.
David Luiz’s wages are very high and Nicolas Pepe and Willian have been awful since joining
Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka have one and two years to go with the club respectively
Alexandre Lacazette has not scored enough this season and sees his current deal end in 2022
The North Londoners face a crucial April, with Premier League winning matches against Sheffield United, Fulham and Everton in addition to their two-legged Europa League draw.
May is looking nice in the league too, with Chelsea their only opponents in the top half.
However, Arsenal never makes things easy.