Emirates Stadium side look to fund further summer additions by selling four players Arsene Wenger deems surplus to requirements.
Arsene Wenger may well have successfully secured the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy but he has set his sights on at least two more summer additions and is set to sell four players to help fund further transfers in the coming weeks.
CaughtOffside understands that the Arsenal are hoping to complete the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and have a £23m deal in place to do so but are locked in contract talks with the German international whilst also eyeing up a deal to sign a new keeper as well as a further defensive capture.
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With this in mind there are a number of first team players who look set to leave the Emirates Stadium with German forward Lukas Podolski seemingly set to be the first to make such an exit.
A tweet sent from the 29 year old’s official Twitter account yesterday all but confirmed Podolski’s imminent move to La Liga side Sevilla, with Arsenal set to secure around £12m from the sale of the former Koln man who has enjoyed an up and down time of it during his two seasons at the Premier League club.
Another player likely to be heading to Spain is Santi Cazorla, who has been strongly linked with a move back to La Liga for some weeks, and Atletico Madrid are said to be a probable destination for the playmaker.
The arrival of Sanchez is likely to impact on Cazorla’s first team chances with Wenger looking to field the Chilean as well as Mesut Ozil and England winger Theo Walcott, leaving the former Malaga man out in the cold.
Much like Podolski the pint sized Spaniard put in a solid first campaign but was out of sorts last season and Wenger will hope to recoup at least two third of the £15m they paid for Cazorla in August 2012.
Whilst Wenger would be keen to keep hold of Cazorla for added strength in depth the 29 year old is likely to be unhappy with such a role at this juncture in his career and is also said to be homesick.
Arsene Wenger is ready to sell Belgian bit-part player Thomas Vermaelen and is willing to allow the former Ajax man to complete his long awaited move to Man United, with new Old Trafford boss keen on bringing in the experienced adaptable defender.
However the Gunners boss will demand at least £12m for his services and will only sell once he has brought in a suitable replacement to act as a back-up to first choice central defensive pair Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Finally Wenger will reluctantly listen to offers of around £6m for young defender Carl Jenkinson, who is said to be unhappy about Arsenal’s signing of Debuchy, leaving the England man out in the cold following the departure of previous first-choice right-back Bacary Sagna.
West Ham are thought to be keen and it’s a move that Jenkinson is apparently open to completing this summer.
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