How can Arsenal raise £80 million for Lemar?
Arsenal are reportedly ready to cash in on a number of their first-team squad players in order to fund a £80 million transfer bid for Thomas Lemar, but how much can Arsene Wenger realistically expect to make?
Wenger seems determined to make a bid for Lemar work, and there’s no doubting the Monaco winger’s quality after 14 goals and 14 assists in his club’s superb title-winning campaign last term.
The clear-out may have already begun as Wojciech Szczesny’s move to Juventus for a reported £10m has been confirmed, so how much can they get for the rest of their deadwood? Here’s a look at who’s set to leave and how it could help Arsenal’s bid for Lemar:
1) Olivier Giroud
Everton and West Ham initially looked the main contenders, while there was some talk Lyon could land him as part of the Lacazette deal. Latest reports have seen him linked with Borussia Dortmund in their bid to replace Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
There’s been plenty of speculation about him, and his value has been tipped as being anywhere between £20-35million. For balance, £25m seems fairly realistic in today’s market, and would represent a good deal for Arsenal, who signed him for around £10m five years ago.
2) Jack Wilshere
There doesn’t appear to be huge interest in the Premier League at the moment, with Serie A side Sampdoria linked as surprise contenders for the 25-year-old’s signature. If Arsenal do enter into talks over his sale, expect previous suitors such as West Ham to step up their interest again.
Arsenal won’t get a lot, apparently, with current reports estimating that he’d bring in around £9m. While that seems ridiculous in a market where Kyle Walker can cost £50m, it does indicate just how far his stock has fallen in recent times.
3) Calum Chambers
Chambers has been linked occasionally with a return to former club Southampton, but latest speculation sees Crystal Palace emerging as the favourites for his signature.
Palace are said to have offered £16m for the 22-year-old, and that seems pretty generous. Arsenal should take the money and run.
4) Lucas Perez
The 28-year-old had initially been linked with a move back to his former club Deportivo La Coruna, but more recent rumours have seen him emerge as a target for Sevilla. Wherever he ends up, La Liga seems his most likely destination.
Signed for £17m just last summer, Arsenal would hope to get something close to that this year, though being realistic it’s hard to see clubs being so desperate that they’d pay any more than around £10m for him
5) Mathieu Debuchy
Ligue 1 outfit Nice are said to be edging closer to a deal for the forgotten French right-back, who has played just 13 league matches for Arsenal in three seasons on their books.
It’s not clear yet if Arsenal will even receive a fee, with some reports stating they’re willing to let the 31-year-old leave on a free, but that’s because they can realistically only expect about £2m for him.
6) Carl Jenkinson
Newcastle were linked with the 25-year-old right-back earlier in the summer, but it’s been pretty quiet since then, as one would expect, really.
It’s hard to know in today’s market, but one would expect £3m is the absolute maximum. Still, when chasing big names like Lemar, every little helps.
Giroud seems the only player the club could really miss next season, with his impact from the bench last term showing his quality when given the chance, with his height and presence in the box making him a great option to aim at when chasing a game.
Still, if contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil can be persuaded to stay, and with Lemar added alongside Lacazette in a new-look attack, Wenger will have significantly upgraded on his options in that area last season.