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Barcelona Release Clause Effectively Ends Arsenal Chances of Securing £63 Million Defender As They Work on Securing Four New Players

Samuel Umtiti, Umtiti linked to Arsenal and United

It’s rumoured, quite heavily in the press, that Arsenal are already trying to secure deals for up to four players including Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

Far be it from me to pour cold water on the excitement this story is generating but Arsenal don’t exactly know what their finances will be until the conclusion of the season.

It’s hard to place a bet when you can’t see the roulette table and I would resist fanning the flames of expectation at this point in time.

Various reports have also suggested that the two top targets, which are apparently agreeable to a change of scene, David Alaba and Samuel Umtiti are subject to a sizeable transfer release clause.

Their respective clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona are looking to add to their squads and they’re not about to do cash strapped Arsenal any favours.

Barcelona in particular conduct brutal transfer deals these days, as illustrated in the protracted loan of Denis Suarez.

One doubts whether they will give Arsenal the time of day unless the figure was within 50 pence of the asking price.

For Arsenal to proceed at all with multiple signings of this sort, they must be utterly and completely convinced about the utility and the desired impact from these players. Anything thing less and they end up blowing their entire transfer budget and in turn their season on all fronts.

Given the number of needs the present squad has in so many different areas across the pitch, would it be wise to end up spending all of that cash they can barely muster right at the back itself ? Surely they intent to go shopping for a box to box midfielder, a permanent solution to the winger crisis at the club. Will they have any cash to loosen in the purse at all after the dust settles down on Umtiti transfer ?


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However there is a possibility that a deal could be done for Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan and Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli at much lower prices than what they are working on for Umtiti and Alaba.

The names of Barella, Kessie, Herrera, Carrasco and Rabiot continue to get mentioned by various outlets but of those only Herrera would seem likely because he will be out of contract at Manchester United at the end of the season.

The Highbury Flyer
Anti Kroenke , anti Gazidis but always a gooner. Still wishes he could watch from the stands at the Highbury library.

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