Arsenal will focus their efforts on signing free agents and negotiating swap deals in the next transfer window, reports say.
The Gunners transfer budget has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic and the club have convinced their first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta to take a 12-month 12.5 per cent pay cut.
Arteta was hoping to make a slew of signings this summer, but Arsenal’s financial difficulties have seen a drastic change in strategy.
When in talks over a salary deduction, Arsenal’s squad were keen to know the club’s transfer plans and if they planned to splash out big sums on new arrivals.
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The Daily Mail claim Arsenal are actively seeking swap deals, similar to the one they did with Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2018.
Player exchanges are uncommon in football, especially when it comes to big-name stars.
Free agents are another option for Arsenal, who had such a limited transfer budget last January they could only agree loan deals.
Chelsea star Willian is one of several players linked with a switch to Arsenal, as the Brazilian’s contract expires this summer.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has also attracted interest from Arsenal, who have not played a game since March 7.
Arteta could be facing further changes to his squad after the club shelved contract talks with influential duo Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ozil is the club’s top earner with a £350,000-a-week deal, while Aubameyang has demanded a massive pay rise in discussions with the Gunners.
The Premier League are aiming to can play postponed games this summer, but those hopes sustained a big blow in the last week with the cancellation of Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie.
Arteta’s positive test for coronavirus sparked a shutdown of football in Great Britain and the Spaniard detailed how quickly he became ill.
‘Everything happened very fast,’ Arteta told La Sexta. ‘On Tuesday afternoon I was feeling so-so and I went to see the doctor but he wasn’t there.
‘I got a call from the board of directors after training while I was in my car and they told me the president of Olympiakos had tested positive and everyone who had been in contact was at risk.
‘I went on to tell them that I wasn’t feeling well and that we had a situation because we had lots of players that had been in contact with them.
‘We had a game against Manchester City the next day and obviously we couldn’t put lots of people at risk without saying anything.’
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