Arsenal fans are set for disappointment for transfer deadline day, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein.
The Gunners have signed only two players – Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac – this summer, and the club fans have been hoping for more enforcements – especially after the recent 4-0 humiliation against Liverpool.
The Gunners have already agreed to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40m deal to Liverpool, and according to Ornstein, they have no money for a major deal unless Alexis Sanchez departs for massive money or in a swap deal.
Arsenal have no plans to replace AOC & no money for major signings, but only way Sanchez leaves is if #AFC get massive money & replacement
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 30, 2017
The Citizens have already had an initial bid of £50m rejected for the Chilean star. Sanchez only has 11 months left on his current deal with the Gunners, and he is keen to join his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium.
City are expected to return with a £70m offer for the Chilean on the deadline day while a swap deal including Raheem Sterling has also been mooted.
Sterling joined City in a £49m move from Liverpool in the summer of 2015. He has made an impressive start to the new season and has scored crucial goals against Everton and Bournemouth.
Famous Arsenal blogger Arseblog has also claimed that the club had a total budget spend of £50m this summer. As things stand, the Gunners stand to make a profit in this transfer window, so there might be some money for a signing on the deadline day. However, the club fans should not expect any major arrival at the club.
What I had heard was we had a total budget to spend of around £50m – so profit = some scope for arrivals tomorrow, but nothing Ozil-esque https://t.co/yI28ts9tWt
— arseblog (@arseblog) August 30, 2017
It is surely a sad turn of events for the fans after being linked with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar throughout the summer.
On the departure front, Shkodran Mustafi could end up staying with the Gunners this summer. The Germany international was reportedly close to a loan switch to Serie A side Inter Milan, but they have failed to reach an agreement over the transfer fee with the Gunners.
The North London side have also failed to reach an agreement with Deportivo La Coruna over the departure of Lucas Perez. The Spaniard is keen to join his former side, but both clubs remain far apart in the valuation of the player.
Heading into the last 24 hours and looks as though both Mustafi & Perez will be spending more than 1 year at #AFC as both deals far, far off
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) August 30, 2017