With Unai Emery’s hands tied financially this summer, it is expected that the Arsenal manager must sell players to supplement his paltry £45 million transfer budget. With that in mind it could mean several first team players head for the exit door at the end of the season.
And Danny Welbeck could be near the front of the queue.
The former Manchester United forward has endured a stop-start career in North London due to a succession of injuries, although he has always remained well liked by teammates and fans alike.
With his season now over due to injury and his contract up in June, it is unlikely Welbeck will be offered a new deal and will instead be offloaded to free up wages to put towards new signings.
And Crystal Palace looks like the former United forward’s most likely destination at this moment in time.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson is a long term admirer of Welbeck, having used him regularly during his time as England manager. Now the Palace boss is eyeing a reunion with the 28-year-old.
Welbeck has made just 14 appearances this term, scoring five goals. The England international has only hit double figures once in a season as a Gunners player, finding the net 10 times last season in 43 appearances.
The 28-year-old arrived at the Emirates in 2014 as a £16 million signing from Manchester United. He has made 126 appearances for the Gunners, finding the net 32 times. He was part of the Arsenal squad which lifted the 2017 FA Cup.
(h/t Evening Standard)