Arsenal could thwart Manchester United’s efforts to sign another midfielder this summer by ending the chances of completing one of their potential sales.
The Red Devils have signed Mason Mount and Andre Onana already this summer for a combined £100m, and have also agreed a £75m deal to add young Dane Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, taking their spending close to £200m.
They still want to add more quality to their ranks, with a midfielder top of their list and Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat thought to be a player that they are keeping a close eye on.
But it will not be as easy as their initial signings because they will only be able to use funds from sales to make a move happen, with Amrabat expected to cost around 30m euros.
Erik ten Hag’s side have already sold Anthony Elanga and Alex Telles, while Fred, Scott McTominay and Dean Henderson are among those that are thought to be for sale before the start of the new season.
However, Arsenal could well be set to scupper the proposed sale of Henderson.
Nottingham Forest are pushing to make a deal for the English goalkeeper happen after he spent last season on loan at the City Ground, but the two sides are currently a long way apart on a deal, with a loan with an obligation to buy having been floated.
Following the news that Arsenal are interested in signing Brentford shot-stopper David Raya, however, Gunners no.2 Matt Turner has emerged as a potential target for Steve Cooper’s side.
Only wanting to sign one, a deal for the USMNT no.1 could well be an easier deal to complete with Arsenal willing to let him leave for around £15m.
In selling him, Mikel Arteta’s side could accidentally stop United from receiving some much needed funds, and put a dent in their squad building ambitions for the rest of the transfer window.