Just when you thought things might be looking up for Arsenal in the transfer market with the impending arrival of Monchi this summer, here comes some potentially terrible news regarding the club’s new transfer policy.
Following the debacle that was Aaron Ramsey’s contract being allowed to enter it’s final year, leading to Juventus signing the Welshman on a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal not receiving a penny in return, the club are set to get a lot tougher on expiring contracts.
Since Raul Sanllehi took the reigns as head of football, a new rule has been implemented at the Emirates Stadium which means any players who have not signed a new deal before entering into the last two years of their contract will be sold.
While this would rule out any repeats of the Ramsey disaster, it could also lead to a mass exodus of top tier talent at the club, with several of Unai Emery’s key players not far off the two year cut off point.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis all have deals which expire in 2021, meaning if they do not renew before the end of this season, they could find themselves heading for the exit door.
While in Mustafi’s case it wouldn’t necessarily be much of a shock to see him sold as he has long been rumoured to be transfer list bound anyway, losing Sokratis, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Ozil in one go would be almost suicidal business by Arsenal, leaving Emery and Monchi with a major rebuilding job on their hands.
Of course, there is a good chance these players will commit their long term futures to the club, but until documents are signed, sealed and delivered, it’s difficult to be confident about anything.