Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny are reportedly worried about being priced out of permanent moves this summer.
That’s according to a recent report in the S*n, who say that a number of Arsenal players are looking to leave the Emirates in the coming months, aiming to earn first-team opportunities elsewhere.
Newcastle were reportedly taken aback by the Gunners’ £15m valuation of Gibbs, who only has a year remaining on his existing deal.
Juventus’ audacious bid for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was turned down for being too low, whilst Fenerbahce’s reported move to sign fellow ‘keeper David Ospina has collapsed after Arsenal’s asking price increased at the last minute. The club are preparing a move for Stoke’s Jack Butland, according to reports.
Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell are all expected to depart on permanent deals this summer, but Arsenal themselves feel as though all should warrant a fair price and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Lucas has already stated his unhappiness at the club and is keen for a return to Spain, though Arsenal are understandably reluctant to let the experienced forward leave for less than the £17m they spent last summer.
Arsenal’s attempts to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette are well-documented and with both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sánchez still to sign new deals, the wage bill will increase significantly at the current rate.
The S*n have gone as far as to suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud will all be sold to “balance the books”, even though it’s clear that Arsenal are eager to retain two of that trio at least.