Lacazette, Bellerin and seven Arsenal transfer exits Edu must sanction before deadline day – Football.London

There are two weeks left in the transfer window and it is safe to say Arsenal have plenty more that they need to get done.

The Gunners are looking to bring in a back up goalkeeper to Bernd Leno, and would also like to secure a creative midfielder before August 31st, with Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard being heavily linked.

There are other areas they would like to recruit in, but first it’s crucial that they are able to get some players out of the door.

So far Joe Willock is the only one to have left the Emirates permanently to join Newcastle in a deal worth £25million, while Matteo Guendouzi and Dinos Mavropanos have both joined Marseillie and Stuttgart on loan respectively with a view to a permanent move.

However, there are still plenty of other members of Mikel Arteta‘s squad who have unclear futures going into the final weeks of the window.

Here football.london takes a look at the ones Edu could help to secure an exit for.

Runar Alex Runarsson

The Icelandic goalkeeper was brought in to replace Emi Martinez on the recommendation of goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana last summer, but turned out to be an appalling signing.

His displays in the first half of last season were so poor that Arsenal were forced to go out and sign Mat Ryan in January, for fear of something happening to Bernd Leno.

Eight months on and they are still looking for a back up to the German, with Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United and Barcelona’s Neto among those linked.

If the Gunners can get that deal over the line then you would assume Runarsson, who nearly moved to Altayspor earlier this window, will be free to go.



Alex Runar Runarsson
Alex Runarsson is set to leave Arsenal on loan. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin

After 10 years of service it seems as though Hector Bellerin could finally be set to leave Arsenal this summer.

Reports have suggested that the Spaniard is desperate to secure an exit and is even willing to take a pay cut to make it happen.

Inter Milan were in for the 26-year-old, but after signing Denzel Dumfries from PSV as their replacement to Achraf Hakimi, that deal would seem to be off.

There are clubs in Spain who hold an interest in Bellerin, but it remains to be seen if they can match the Gunners valuation for him.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

After spending the second half of last season out on loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles admitted that he would be willing to leave Arsenal this summer in order to get game time.

The England international is 24 at the end of this month and surely needs to be playing regularly if he is ever to stand any chance of getting in Gareth Southgate ‘s squad again.

He has made it clear that he does not want to do this at right back though meaning that it is unlikely he will get much of a chance at the Emirates, with Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey all ahead of him in the pecking order in central midfield.

Crystal Palace have shown interest as well as a few other Premier League clubs, and Maitland-Niles will want to secure an exit soon enough if he wants to avoid another season on the bench.



Ainsley Maitland-Niles is being linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is being linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer

Sead Kolasinac

Most people expected Sead Kolasinac ‘s move to Schalke in January to spell the end of his Arsenal career.

The plan was for the Bosnian’s boyhood club to buy him at the end of his loan period, but after their relegation from the Bundesliga, Die Koenigsblauen could no longer afford him.

This has seen Kolasinac return to North London where he is currently third choice right back after Kieran Tierney ‘s contract extension and the arrival of Nuno Tavares.

Rumours of a potential contract termination in a manner similar to Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis in January are untrue at this stage and the 28-year-old is reportedly attracting interest from Fenerbahce.

Lucas Torreira

Torreira is still an Arsenal player, and has still not returned to training ahead of the coming season.

In fact while the Gunners were losing to Brentford on Friday the Uruguayan was tweeting a picture of him and his family in a theme park, perhaps signifying how little a chance there is of him making a return to the Emirates this season.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid, but after a personal tragedy his father revealed in an interview that he wanted to return to South America this summer.

However, with no club there able to afford the transfer fee Arsenal will want for him, Italy seems the most likely destination for Torreira who may end up leaving on loan if a permanent deal cannot be secured.



Lucas Torreira has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this month
Lucas Torreira has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this month

Willian

One of several players to miss out on Friday’s defeat to Brentford, Willian is seemingly not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans at Arsenal.

Quite why the Spaniard and Edu thought it would be wise to sign him in the first place is probably another issue, but the Brazilian would like to secure an exit this summer.

Standing in the way of that though is the two years remaining on his contract said to be worth £200,000 per week.

Clubs in the MLS have shown interest, but they are unlikely to be able to cover that salary, meaning some form of compromise will have to be reached if the 33-year-old is to leave this window.

Reiss Nelson

This transfer could well be dictated by the immediate needs of the Arsenal side before the end of the window.

Arsenal could be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for their fixture against Chelsea on Sunday, and with this in mind Arteta might well want to hold on to as many forward players as possible.

That could potentially delay any deal which would see Reiss Nelson leave the club, with the 21-year-old keen to secure first team football after spending parts of last season back in the under-23s.

Crystal Palace have shown interest and would reportedly like to take him on loan, but with just one year on his contract remaining, it’s difficult to see how the Gunners would be willing to let that happen.



Reiss Nelson looks set to leave Arsenal this summer. (Image: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Reiss Nelson looks set to leave Arsenal this summer. (Image: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Eddie Nketiah

The 22-year-old was actually having quite a decent pre-season before injury struck at the beginning of this month.

Nketiah picked up an ankle knock in the defeat to Chelsea which is expected to keep him out till September and that could well prove to be an obstacle in any deal that sees him leave Arsenal this summer.

It is not an insurmountable one though, and the Hale Ender who is now arguably fifth choice at centre forward for the Gunners, could still leave.

Watford, Brighton and Crystal Palace have reportedly shown an interest in the Engalnd under-21 record goalscorer who has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates.



Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could leave Arsenal this summer
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah could leave Arsenal this summer

Alexandre Lacazette

Finally and perhaps the highest profile potential exit this summer is that of Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal would like to sign a striker this summer and have been linked with Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, while also showing an interest in Tammy Abraham before the former Chelsea forward’s move to Roma.

However, they are unlikely to be able to do this without moving on their French number nine first.

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The 30-year-old has been linked to several clubs including Juventus, Inter Milan, Monaco and Atletico Madrid, but his near £200,000 per week wages could prove to be a stumbling block in this department.

His departure could cause a transfer domino effect that see the Gunners with a very different looking front line come August 31st, but whether that happens remains to be seen.

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