The deadline day acquisitions of Kieran Tierney and David Luiz took Arsenal’s total number of new recruits for the summer to six.
Granted, Dani Ceballos is only at the Emirates on a temporary basis and William Saliba will spend another year with Saint-Etienne, but having broken our transfer record for one of Europe’s most coveted players and brought in a couple of defenders, it feels as though Raul Sanllehi and Edu have done a decent job given our Europa League status.
The books were balanced late in the day with the sale of Alex Iwobi to Everton and the exit of a number of youngsters.
Meanwhile, we think the wage bill will have come down following the exit of high-earning squad members like Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny. It’s probable that savings on that front will have been earmarked for new deals for existing players.
The below graphic provides a top-line overview of all the main deals so far.
Remember, the transfer window remains open for a lot of leagues across the world, so Arsenal could yet bolster the coffers with more sales. Emery has said he expects more departures.
- The payment structure of the deals (both incoming and outgoing), including how much is paid upfront and what gets paid in instalments.
- The loan fees and whether clubs are covering the full wage packet of those they borrowed from us. It’s also unclear how much we’ve paid Real Madrid for Dani Ceballos although reports of a £15 million fee seem wildly excessive.
- What add-ons will see prices rise. For example, Transfermarkt value the Iwobi deal at just over £27 million, but it’s widely expected it could hit £40 million if the Nigerian achieves certain milestones at Goodison Park.
- We don’t know if we’ve inserted sell-on clauses in deals that have seen players leave the Emirates. Ismael Bennacer’s recent move from Empoli to AC Milan earned us 30% of the total transfer and it’s said we have a 10% stake in any future move made by Jeff Reine-Adelaide. Have we done the same with others?