Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Arsenal’s plans for a summer clear-out have been ‘delayed’ by players ‘refusing to take pay cuts’.

The Gunners have sold just one player so far this summer, with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny departing for Juventus in a £10million deal.

Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Szczesny is the only player to have left for a fee, with the club looking to offload a number of others.

Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have all been ‘deemed surplus to requirements’ by Arsene Wenger, and are free to leave, according to the Daily Mail.

But the north Londoners have encountered a problem in that their unwanted stars are on relatively high wages.

Potential buyers, with Watford, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Galatasaray and Sampdoria among those linked with the above septet, are ‘reluctant’ to match the current figures the players are paid.

‘Arsenal stand to slash £19million off their annual wage bill if they can secure deals for their players,’ and they are hoping to free up funds for at least one more signing.

The club may have to lower their asking prices as a result, with any potential windfall likely to be used in a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

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