Transfers

The latest on Arsenal’s outgoings: Bellerin, Tavares, Torreira, Leno and more

Several players are set to be on the move this summer, but none have left yet.


Arsenal have signed five players so far this summer, but are yet to confirm a departure, with plenty of players remaining in the waiting room to leave north London before the end of the transfer window.

However, that could be set to change, with speculation abound about potential deals for five senior players.

Leno edging closer to a move away

The deal seemingly most likely to be completed first is the departure of German shot-stopper Bernd Leno, who is set to make the move across London to newly-promoted Fulham in an £8m deal.

Leno’s departure was expected this summer, and Fulham have been interested in the 30 year-old for much of the transfer window, but were put off by the high price-tag slapped on his head.

However, that has since come down, making a deal viable, and according to Sky Sports, only finer details remain to be ironed out before a medical can take place in west London.

Fenerbahce ask for Mari

Meanwhile, Pablo Mari is also thought to be free to depart this summer. The Spaniard featured during Mikel Arteta’s tour of both Germany and the USA, but played no part in their most recent friendly against Brentford.

And, as per journalist Aygün Özipek, the 28-year-old could well be heading to Turkey, with Fenerbahce thought to be keen on a loan move for the centre-back.

A move would reunite Mari with his former boss Jorge Jesus, now in charge in Turkey, with the pair having worked together at Flamengo, winning the Copa Libetadores in the process.

Fenerbahce, meanwhile, have just lost a defender, with Kim Min-jae having joined Napoli to replace Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea earlier in July.

New contract for Torreira?

Another player seemingly destined for a departure from north London this summer is Lucas Torreira, who was one of two fit players that didn’t feature during Arsenal’s tour of the USA, and reportedly returned earlier than the rest of the squad.

As per Spanish outlet AS, the Uruguayan has an agreement with Valencia for a move to Spain, but the issue is reaching an agreement with the Gunners, who are keen to cash in on their midfielder due to him having just twelve months left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.

One option, AS claim, is for Torreira to extend his contract at Arsenal and then depart on loan to the Spanish club, though should that happen it seems more likely to happen later in the transfer window, when all other options have been exhausted.

Bellerin sale could drag on

Another deal that could drag on is the departure of Hector Bellerin, who seemingly has his heart set on a return to boyhood club Real Betis, with whom he enjoyed a strong season last time out.

As per local news outlet Mucho Deporte (based in Seville), ’everything is practically agreed’ between the Spanish club and the player, and Arsenal are happy to let him depart, but the La Liga side have no money to make the deal happen.

As a result, they claim that Betis ‘will try to get the Catalan to leave for free or by paying a meagre amount’, in a deal that could drag ‘well into August’.

Tavares loan deal stalls

Nuno Tavares’ loan to Atalanta has reportedly stalled over a potential future option to buy, with Arsenal preferring a dry loan but Atalanta unwilling to facilitate this sort of deal.

Sport Italia claim that, as a result, the Bergamo outfit have pulled out of a deal for the Portuguese defender.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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