If you’re the manager of a modest but ambitious top-flight team, why not pop along to the Emirates showroom this January, and grab yourself a bargain before they’re all gone?
It looks increasingly likely that Arsene Wenger will be venturing into the transfer market this month, after reports emerged today that four fringe players will be allowed to leave the club to make way for new recruits.
Two players likely to leave come as no surprise; goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has made one mistake too many this season and is now very clearly surplus to requirements, and striker Nicklas Bendtner has found first-team opportunities increasingly hard to come by following the arrival of Marouane Chamakh, and has already been linked with a number of clubs.
However, also believed to be in the shop window are Mexican striker Carlos Vela and Brazilian midfielder Denilson. Both have been linked with loan moves in January; however, their manager is now thought to be open to the possibility of a permanent transfer for the talented youngsters.
The Gunners hope to make around £26m from the sale of all four players, and would of course save a significant amount in trimming four from the club’s wage bill, too.
As for what to do with their riches, it’s unlikely to be four out, four in, but a new goalkeeper and a top defender would probably be first on the agenda.
Per today’s gossip, that could be Igor Akinfeev, and either Per Mertesacker or Gary Cahill.
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