Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi appear set to stay at the Emirates this summer, although defender Hector Bellerin will be ‘reluctantly’ sold in order to raise funds.
Both Ozil and Guendouzi had been rumoured for an exit this summer after having fallen out of favour under new manager Mikel Arteta, although the upcoming season could see them re-integrated into the side.
Former Germany international Ozil has been on the periphery in North London over the past few seasons, yet his extortionate wage has left any exit from the club looking unlikely.
As for Guendouzi, the Frenchman found himself sidelined following Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton towards the end of last season, with the youngster’s attitude seemingly called in to question.
However, according to the Independent, the 20-year-old is set to remain at the club, although right-back Bellerin will be ‘reluctantly’ sold to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The Spaniard has already entered into talks with the French side and could be in line to make a move in the coming weeks – should PSG match Arsenal’s valuation of close to £35m.
The former Barcelona youth product burst onto the scene at the Gunners, yet a serious knee injury and a drop in form have put his staring berth in jeopardy. That being said, however, any deal to sell the 25-year-old will be sanctioned with a heavy heart as the club continue their drive to raise funds in this COVID-19 impacted window.
Arteta and co have already brought in Brazilian duo Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes- as well as the loan signing of Dani Ceballos – yet are also in the market for a dominant central midfielder.
One man in particular who the club are keen on is Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, although his £44m release clause has brought with it a need to generate income through player sales.