Manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are planning a major rebuild at Arsenal this summer.
football.london understands that Arteta wants to add at least five new faces to his squad in this summer’s transfer window, focusing on five different areas of the team. It’s understood that the club are looking to sign a goalkeeper, a right-back, a left-back, a central midfielder and a central attacking midfielder.
The Gunners have been linked with various high-profile players this summer, having already seen bids rejected for Brighton defender Ben White and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, with the likes of Andre Silva, Andre Onana, James Maddison, Max Aarons, Yves Bissouma all mentioned as possible transfer targets.
But just how much will Arsenal have to spend this summer? Well, one recent report suggested that the Gunners could have a transfer budget of up to £250 million in this transfer window.
To find out who Arsenal could sign if the club were given a £250 million transfer budget, we simulated the 2021 summer transfer window.
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This is what happened!
We gave Arsenal a £250million transfer budget
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to edit Arsenal’s balance and transfer budget, giving them the ability to spend up to £250 million net in the summer transfer window.
The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.
We then simulated the 2021 summer transfer window, to see who Arsenal signed.
Here’s what happened!
Transfers in: £252million (rising to £270million)
Rafael Leao (Milan) – £71million
Merih Demiral (Juventus) – £64million
Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) – £51million
Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) – £27.5million (rising to £33million)
Paulinho (Braga) – £15 million (rising to £23.5million)
Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid) – £12.5million (rising to £15million)
Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow) – £6million (rising to £7.75million)
Anibal Moreno (Newell’s) – £5.25million
Arsenal spent £252million on upfront transfer fees in this simulated transfer window, an amount which could rise up to £270million with add ons.
Milan striker Rafael Leao was their most expensive signing at just over £70million, closely followed by Juventus central defender Mehri Demiral for £64million.
RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Dani Olmo was signed for just over £50million, being the third signing to cost above that amount in a single summer.
Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui was signed for just under £30million and Braga forward Paulinho (not the former Spurs one) was signed for £15million.
Left-back Renan Lodi and central defender Samuel Gigot were signed from Atletico Madrid and Spartak Moscow respectively, with central midfielder Anibal Moreno also signed from Newell’s.
Overall, Arsenal signed two forwards, one attacking midfielder, one central midfielder, one right-back, one left-back and two central defenders.
Let’s take a look at Arsenal’s outgoings!
Transfers out: £59million
Calum Chambers (Sheffield United) – £14.75million (rising to £19.5million)
Konstantinos Mavropanos (FC RB Salzburg) – £14million
Granit Xhaka (Norwich City) – £14million
Mohamed Elneny (Sevilla) – £12.25million (rising to £15.75million)
Ben Sheaf (Birmingham City) – £1.5million
Shkodran Mustafi (Hertha BSC) – Free
Zech Medley (Millwall) – Free
Cedric (SC Freiburg) – Loan
Reiss Nelson (Crystal Palace) – Loan
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (SC Freiburg) – Loan
Arsenal managed to recoup just under £60million with the sales of a few former first team stars.
Calum Chambers and Granit Xhaka were both sold to Premier League clubs, with Konstantinos Mavropanos, Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi all sold to clubs from around Europe.
Cedric, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were all loaned out too.