Emirates Stadium side set for busy summer of transfer dealings as Arsene Wenger looks to fund new wage structure and new additions with clear-out sale.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to find buyers for eight of his first team squad as he pushes to complete the signing of two long term targets who appear ready to sign for the North London club.
Having already signed Lukas Podolski from Koln the Gunners manager is lining up moves to sign French international pair Olivier Giroud and Yann M’Vila but needs to trim numbers from the North London club’s playing staff in order to help finance bids to land the targeted duo as well as meet their wage demands.
Montpellier forward Giroud has provisionally agreed to make the move to the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal meeting the 25 year old’s £12.8m release clause. However the in-form striker is yet to see his salary demands met, hence Wenger’s need to fund costs by selling a number of players the French manager deems surplus to requirements.
Arsenal are said to be ready to move nearer to Rennes £20m valuation of defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila as Wenger looks to add more steel to his first team. The youngster is being pursued by a number of interested parties but the 21 year old has made it clear he wishes to move to the Emirates Stadium but once again the ‘enforcer’ is after a substantial salary increase from that paid by his Ligue 1 side.
Indeed Wenger is looking to alter the club’s strict wage structure and knows that deals offered to new signings, and his desire to make captain Robin Van Persie an attractive new contract to fight off advances from prospective suitors will lead to a process of equalization that leads many of the club’s other top performers being offered lucrative re-negotiated extensions.
Arsenal’s board have in theory agreed to such changes but only on the proviso that Wenger helps to meet a large chunk of the cost by selling high-earners who have under-performed as well as others who the club have sent out on loan deals over the course of the last two seasons.
Nicklas Bendtner is very unlikely to return to Arsenal this summer but where he ends up is very dependent on just how much Wenger wants to get for the Danish international. Having scored a brace at the Euro 2012 finals the 24 year old has garnered interest from a number of sides across Europe and Wenger appears to have resigned himself to having to accept offers in the region of £4-5m in order to remove the forward from the balance sheet.