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Arsenal to sell up to six players to fund Mikel Arteta transfer plans this summer

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The hope at the Emirates though was for Arteta to start shaping his own squad in the summer transfer window.

But given the current financial position clubs find themselves due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal may have to alter their plans.

They have been linked with big-money moves for players such as Thomas Partey while defensive recruits along with another player in the forward positions has also been touted as a possibility.

But Arsenal have already hinted that their financial situation may be worse than other Premier League clubs having asked their players to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut.

And Bleacher Report suggest the only way they’re going to be able to spend in the transfer market is by selling.

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It is reported up to six players could be sold in the summer, although no names are mentioned as to who they might be.

Defenders such as Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin have been linked with moves away from Arsenal in recent months.

Granit Xhaka also faced an uncertain future upon Arteta’s arrival, but the Spaniard has since made it clear that he wants the midfielder to stay.

“There’s been a lot of talk of Aubameyang being sold, but Edouard would not be the answer,” the Sky Sports pundit said.

“He plays differently, more like Lacazette. Aubameyang is about pace and movement.

“Although he likes to play the No 9 role, he does not play it as well as Edouard could.

“Similarly, Edouard could not play in the position that Aubameyang does, out wide on the left.”

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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