Arsenal set to offload TEN first team stars to fund £170m Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo transfers
ARSENAL are reportedly ready to offload up to TEN stars this summer to fund the £170m signings of Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo.
Despite seeing their title challenge explode over recent weeks, Gunners chiefs have given boss Mikel Arteta the green light for a huge summer splurge.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has got the green light for a huge spending spendRichard Pelham / The Sun
ReutersWest Ham’s Declan Rice is a top summer target for the Gunners[/caption]
The Spaniard is desperate to bolster his midfield and has made West Ham’s Rice and Brighton’s Caicedo his top targets.
The pair could cost around £170m and he is also believed to want two new defenders as well as another attack.
Arsenal may renew interest in Raphinha, who snubbed them for Barcelona last summer, and have been linked with Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
And Chelsea contract rebel Mason Mount is another name mentioned as a possible transfer target.
Now The Times says that his summer recruitment will be part-funded by player sales that Arteta hopes will bring in £100m to bolster the coffers.
Club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, 27, is currently on-loan at Nice and he is one of those that will be put up for sale.
This report also states that Granit Xhaka “could be among the biggest names to depart” too.
The Swiss midfielder has already been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
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Meanwhile, Folarin Balogun, despite his impressive goalscoring form while on-loan at Reims, is another likely to be sold.
And it also claims that Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Cedric Soares are the others that Arteta is looking to offload.
GettyArsenal also want Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo[/caption]