ARSENAL READY TO SELL
Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are just two of the players who could be heading out of the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The Gunners have a reported budget of £45 million to spend this summer and will look to add to that with the departures of fringe players, as they begin the search for a new defensive midfielder and central defender.
Podolski is thought to be one of main exits this summer, with the wide forward voicing his discontent at the lack of first team football available to him in North London, having joined from Cologne in 2012.
The German international hasn’t quite moulded into Wenger’s plans, wanting to play as a central striker instead of a left winger. Wenger has often opted for Olivier Giroud as his main striker and the arrival of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez is sure to limit Podolski's time on the field for the Gunners in both positions.
Arsenal will be looking at receiving around £12 million for Podolski, with serious interest coming from Serie A, although a return to the Bundesliga could also be on the cards.
Costa Rican sensation Campbell also has numerous clubs interested in signing him, more notably Newcastle United, Benfica and David Moyes’ Real Sociedad, which would see the forward return to Spain after a loan spell with Real Betis in 2012.
Campbell’s career at Arsenal has been an unfortunate experience, with this season being the only time he has managed to secure a work permit to play in England, being loaned out to Lorient, Betis and Olympiakos in the past three seasons.
Also close to leaving the club are French duo Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby, as Arsenal aim to strengthen their midfield.
Flamini joined the North Londoners on a free last season from AC Milan, but Everton has expressed their interest in the holding midfielder, whereas Diaby’s continued troubles with his fitness may finally signal the end of his Arsenal career.