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Arsenal set for £9.9m transfer windfall as Edu looks to close two deals before Thursday

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Arsenal set for £9.9m transfer windfall as Edu looks to close two deals before Thursday

Arsenal has been one of the busiest teams in the transfer market this summer.

The north London club has spent over £110 million on five first-team players: Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Edu, the technical director, has also been keen to offload a number of fringe players, with Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, and Pablo Mari all departing in recent weeks.

However, there is still work to be done. Club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is close to a season-long loan move to Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

The relocation is now expected to be completed within the next 48 hours, according to football.london sources.

Despite not receiving a transfer fee for the Ivorian, the Gunners will save £7.28 million in wages for the year, according to Spotrac’s salary table. 

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, a versatile midfielder, is another fringe player who is likely to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Southampton has made an offer to Maitland-Niles.

Although  the 24-year-old has less than ten months left on his current contract in north London, the Hale End academy graduate clearly not featuring in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

 The Gunners have an option to extend his contract by a further 12 months, giving them an advantage in potential contract negotiations if the Saints only want to take him on loan.

Arsenal set for £9.9m transfer windfall as Edu looks to close two deals before Thursday

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