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Arsenal open to selling £35m rated-star due to financial constraints

Arsenal are reportedly open to selling one of their star player in the summer for £35m due to financial restrictions

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Arsenal could potentially part ways with two of their promising academy graduates, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson, this summer as they grapple with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, according to recent reports.

The Gunners experienced a notably quiet January transfer window, failing to secure any new signings due to challenges in navigating FFP and the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). This financial constraint could persist into the summer, hindering Arsenal’s ability to make significant squad additions.

Mikel Arteta, who would have welcomed reinforcements during the winter window, faced difficulties in freeing up funds for substantial acquisitions. The stringent PSR and FFP regulations have posed hurdles for clubs looking to make substantial expenditures in recent times.

A contributing factor to Arsenal’s financial limitations stems from their significant spending in the previous summer, where they invested over £200 million in player acquisitions but recouped less than a third of that amount through player sales.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah

Arsenal may sell Eddie Nketiah in the summer (Image credit: getty Images)

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With the upcoming summer transfer window on the horizon, Arsenal are expected to be more active, and in an effort to comply with FFP and PSR, the club may consider parting ways with two homegrown talents – Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson.

Reports from The Athletic suggest that both Nketiah and Nelson could be on the chopping block as Arsenal aims to manage their financial obligations. Selling academy graduates like Nketiah would position Arsenal favourably, as the revenue generated from such sales would contribute directly to the club’s financial health.

Mikel Arteta, despite being linked with a potential striker signing, has downplayed the urgency, expressing confidence in his current squad of forwards. He stated, “If we win on Sunday and score a lot of goals? I think like this. I love my players, and I think that on Sunday we’re going to score goals, and they’re going to be top, and they fully deserve all our credit because of the way they are.”

Arteta also offered insights into the challenges faced by many clubs in the January transfer window, stating, “Maybe there is not a player in the market that can really make a difference or the impact you need, if you’re able to recruit him.”

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