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Arsenal set to announce decisions affecting Brandt and Buendia Transfers

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Arsenal’s January transfer window plans are already in full swing.

Despite the window not even being open for a week yet, the Gunners have already begun trimming down the numbers of their first-team squad with a couple of loan deals.

Sead Kolasinac has rejoined Schalke, while William Saliba is spending the remainder of the season back in France with Ligue 1 side Nice.

And there is set to be more exits from the Emirates Stadium before the window closes, with Mesut Ozil and Sokratis – not registered in the Premier League or Europa League squads – both linked with moves away.

According to reports, Arsenal are preparing to announce the departure of another first-team player.

However, it’s not Ozil or Sokratis.

The Daily Mail state that third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey is set to swap England for Scotland and join Hibernian – initially on loan until the end of the campaign where he will then become a free agent.

An arrival in north London almost 10 years ago, the 26-year-old has made just two senior appearances for the Gunners and is firmly behind Bernd Leno and Runar Alex Runarsson in the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.

Macey’s imminent exit could affect Arsenal’s recruitment plans for the remainder of the January transfer window.

With Arteta and technical director Edu both in agreement that a creative midfielder should be the Gunners’ priority this month, a number of attacking midfielders have been linked.

football.london understands that Norwich City’s Emi Buendia is high up on Arsenal’s list of targets, but the club are yet to make a formal approach in regards to looking to secure a deal for his signature.

Meanwhile, interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is genuine and Arsenal are sounding out the possibility of getting a permanent deal done this month, with the Bundesliga giants setting a €25million (£22m) price tag for the 24-year-old who would be willing to join the Gunners this month.

With that said, the idea of both players joining Arsenal before the window closes hinges on the club freeing up another homegrown slot in their 25-man Premier League squad.

At present, there’s one slot available following Kolasinac’s exit, and Macey leaving doesn’t open up another spot as he is one of the five homegrown players included in the squad.

Therefore, Arteta and Edu may have to choose between Buendia or Brandt unless they’re able to sell another non-homegrown player.

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Arsenal considers transfers link for Moussa Dembele

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ARSENAL are putting together a shortlist reportedly including  Moussa Dembele as part of their summer overhaul.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

 

Moussa Dembele could be available if Atletico Madrid end his loan spellCredit: AFP

Odsonne Edouard is another reportedly being watched by ArsenalCredit: The Sun

Last night, SunSport revealed that Hector Bellerin is among the stars on the chopping block.

 

And Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, David Luiz and more are being prepared for a move.

 

According to the Telegraph, French striker Lacazette could be joined by Eddie Nketiah in leaving this summer, with two stars eyed as replacements.

 

Lyon forward Dembele, 24, has spent the second half of the season on loan at Atletico Madrid but is yet to score for the LaLiga leaders.

 

Still yet to start for his new club, the Frenchman can move for a pre-agreed £30million fee in the summer but his poor form and fitness issues make that an increasingly unlikely option.

Dembele remains under contract at Lyon for another two years yet is reportedly available for around £25m should Atleti let him go.

A slightly cheaper option, at around £15m to £20m, is said to be Celtic star Edouard.

The SPFL runners-up may seek to cash in on the 23-year-old ahead of his contract expiring in 2022.

The striker has hit 21 goals in all competitions for the Glasgow outfit this season.

 

But any Arsenal approach may come up against fierce competition from Leicester, who are also thought to be keen and are set to be able to offer Champions League football next season.

 

The Gunners maintain an outside shot at a Europa League or Europa Conference League finish and travel to high-flying Chelsea on Wednesday.

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Full list of players that have been put up for sale by Arsenal

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Arsenal will be listening to offers for a number of players they have transfer listed.

Arsenal are already making preparations for a busy summer transfer window. The club must sell off some players that are surplus to requirement, makeweight and use the funds to buy new or better players.

 

The squad also needs to be trimmed since Arsenal are highly unlikely to play European football next season. Quality over quantity will have to be prioritized during the transfer window as the club rebuilds for the next season.

 

As per football.london here are the players that have been put up for sale;

 

Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

 

Many other players also face an uncertain future and could be sold to cut the wage bill or generate funds for transfers, these are;

 

Alex Runarsson, David Luiz, Joe Willock, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny.

 

Arsenal’s budget for the transfer window remains unknown but it is likely to be a low budget that will depend on player sales and revenue earnings from competitions, unless the Kroenke’s finally decide to make some cash available for transfers as a result of pressure from the fanbase,

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Bernd Leno breaks silence concerning Arsenal future amid talk of summer transfer

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Bernd Leno has insisted he is still happy at Arsenal despite reports he could leave this summer.

The German goalkeeper has impressed in north London, so much so that Mikel Arteta backed him and sold Emiliano Martinez last summer despite the Argentine impressing last season.

 

But football.london understands Leno is open to leaving Arsenal this summer with the club willing to sell him for the right price. It comes with a number of young prospects in the wings, including Arthur Okonkwo, who is set for a new deal amid interest from a number of top clubs around Europe.

 

The Gunners are also looking at signing loan keeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal with Alex Runarsson likely to leave on a loan deal ahead of next season

Leno is currently the Gunners’ number one, so it’s not clear who would replace him, but it’s understood Arsenal are open to selling him, even if the player himself does not seem keen to depart.

 

“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.

There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.

“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.

It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”

 

Arsenal may just shift a number of players who don’t necessarily want to leave this summer with Mikel Arteta clearly needing to improve his squad on the back of a disappointing campaign which will see the Gunners miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

 

Leno could be part of that list of outgoings, currently valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt with his contract due to run until 2023

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