Arsenal’s £50m transfer exit could pave the way for more signings with four options on the table.

Arsenal’s £50m transfer exit could pave the way for more signings with four options on the table.

Arsenal are prepared to let striker Folarin Balogun leave North London this summer, but only if another club is reportedly willing to stump up £50m.

That’s according to Sky Sports, who report that the Gunners are looking to balance the books after pursuing costly deals for Kai Havertz and Declan Rice. Ajax defender Jurrien Timber could also be on his way to the Emirates next season, so recouping transfer funds will be an important task for Arteta as the summer progresses.

AC Milan, Juventus, RB Leipzig and Marseille have all been linked with a move for Balogun, although it is not clear if any of those clubs will be prepared to pay a £50m fee for the USMNT international.

A loan spell at French Ligue 1 side Reims did the forward no harm, however, raising his stock across Europe with 22 goals in 39 appearances.

The Gunners already have Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli not to mention Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard, but could a direct replacement for Balogun bring something new to the team? Here’s a look at four players Arteta could reinvest some of his £50m in this summer.

Benjamin Henrichs
Arsenal have already been strongly linked with a move for RB Leipzig star Benjamin Henrichs, who can play either as a full-back or a midfielder. The 26-year-old German international is seen as a player who could bring more depth to the full-back position for the Gunners.

According to Kicker journalist Philipp Marquardt, the future of Henrichs at Leipzig is ‘anything but safe’ and efforts by Arsenal to sign him ‘could pick up speed’. Credence to the move is added by Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, who says Gunners boss Arteta has a “very good opinion” of Henrichs who is valued at £12.9m by Transfermrkt.

Joao Cancelo
Arsenal have already signed one former Manchester City full-back in the shape of Oleksandr Zinchenko, so why not go after another one? Cancelo spent the second part of last season on loan with Bayern Munich after falling out of favour with Pep Guardiola and could well shake on a permanent exit from the Eithad this summer

Another versatile full-back who is comfortable moving into midfield, he is seen as an alternative to Henrichs and has the advantage of top-level Premier League experience and also having worked with Arteta when he was Guardiola’s right-hand man.

The Portuguese international is reported to be Arsenal’s first choice ahead of Henrichs, but with Barcelona also interested, a deal is far from a formality and price could be an issue. CIES Football Observatory currently values the Manchester City player at £69.9m, wiping out the £50m that could be raised from selling Balogun.

Romeo Lavia
One team’s misfortune can be another team’s gain and with Southampton now relegated from the Premier League, Arsenal look ready to make a bid for the Saints’ midfielder Romeo Lavia.

According to The Times, The Gunners will press ahead with the plan as soon as the signature of Declan Rice has been secured, but it will take all of the potential Balogun money to get him. Southampton are said to want £50m for the 19-year-old, but there is likely to be stiff competition for his signature, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all said to be interested in capturing the Belgium international.

Oscar Gloukh
If it’s a bargain Arteta is looking for, as he looks to recoup some of that hefty outlay on Rice, then he could do a lot worse than snapping up RB Salzburg attacker Oscar Gloukh. A possible replacement for Balogun, the 19-year-old is currently starring at the European Under-21 Championships for Isreal.

Already a full international with six caps to his name, Gloukh turned down the chance to join Barcelona in January, when he was still a Maccabi Tel Aviv player, preferring to move to Salzburg instead.

Since then, his list of admirers has only grown, with Spurs, Manchester United, Manchester City, Villarreal, AC Milan, AS Monaco, RB Leipzig and once again Barcelona linked with the exciting prospect.

Arsenal are also interested in Gloukh, according to The Guardian and with Transfermrkt valuing him a just £6.9m, he could be the bargain of the summer.

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