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Edu can raise a further £75.1m for players, as he is close to completing Arsenal’s sixth summer transfer

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Arsenal have raised around £20m with the sale of Emiliano Martinez as they look to fulfill Mikel Arteta’s transfer demands.

In terms of incomings, the Gunners have bolstered the first-team squad with two new permanent faces in Willian on a free transfer and Gabriel Magalhaes for £25m from Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos has returned on another season-long loan deal.

Although, in order to continue with their summer rebuilding, with the midfield still needing to be addressed, Arsenal need to move some bodies out the door in order to raise funds and free up some space on the wage bill.

Financial Times article earlier in the month revealed that Premier League clubs are facing £540million in lost income this season under plans to allow only the partial reopening of stadiums from October.

A few days later, clubs took another hit when the Premier League terminated its three-year £564million deal with Chinese digital broadcaster PPTV – the league’s most lucrative overseas television rights deal – as the streaming service had reportedly withheld its latest payment of £160m, which was due in March.

The article also states that last season the league lost £850million in revenue from matchday income, with fixtures played without fans for the final quarter of the campaign, as well as a £330million rebate paid to broadcasters to compensate for a three-month lack of action during lockdown.

Amid links to the likes of Thomas Partey, Houssem Aouar, and Odsonne Edouard, it’s no surprise that Arsenal are looking to sell before dipping back into the transfer market.

And with that in mind, there’s a number of players technical director Edu can repeat the Martinez transfer trick with in order to get a cash injection to improve Arteta’s squad.

In terms of raising big money, Hector Bellerin has been linked with moves to Barcelona as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal could demand at least £30m .

Then there’s Alexandre Lacazette. The 29-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2022, so a decision regarding his future must be made fairly soon and he’s reportedly on Atletico Madrid’s radar amid talk of a £30m transfer.

Following the arrival of Gabriel, coupled with William Saliba’s return, the Gunners need to trim their centre-back options and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the most likely to leave as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed his interest.

“We’re working to get Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Arsenal, we’re considering him as an option,” he said.

However, Sky Sports claim the Serie A side do not want to pay a fee for Sokratis and that leaves Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi as the two centre-backs who would bring in some cash.

Despite both currently being injured, Chambers has been linked with a return to Fulham for £12m, while Mustafi is valued at £13.5m on transfermarkt.

Villarreal and Valencia have both been linked with moves for Matteo Guendouzi but they would only be interested in loan deals with a commitment to buy in 12 months time.

The same applies to Lucas Torreira who has been linked with loan moves to Torino and Fiorentina, while Mohamed Elneny has a £4.5m valuation.

Sead Kolasinacis being linked with a return to the Bundesliga, but Schalke want a loan deal while Bayer Leverkusen could tempt Arsenal with a £9.1m offer.

Wonderkid Folarin Balogun looks certain to leave this summer, but only if Arsenal’s reported£8m valuation is met.

Last but not least is Mesut Ozil .

The 31-year-old is one of the club’s highest earners on £350k-a-week and the club would probably waive a transfer fee if they could find a team willing to take on his wages.

In total, that’s £95.1m – an extra £75.1m after Martinez’s move to Aston Villa – Edu could raise via player sales in a dream scenario that would then fund deals for Partey, Aouar, and perhaps another addition to the forward line.

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