Arsenal put 7 players up for sale as Edu faces race against time

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Arsenal likely need to move players on to continue their big-spending summer.

Arsenal have seven players who they would like to shift off the wage bill to help Mikel Arteta achieve his dream summer overhaul. The Spaniard and technical director Edu are revamping the Gunners’ first-team squad following a disappointing campaign.

Arteta oversaw a poor season last term and is keen to improve his squad, but he might now only complete his desired transfer window if he recoups some of the £63million that has already been spent.

The Sun reported a few weeks ago that as many as 11 players had been made available for transfers but there are seven who Arsenal must move on.

Arsenal would likely receive the biggest bids for long-serving right-back Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard has been widely linked with a move to La Liga or to Italy, where Inter Milan have been credited with interest after selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain.

Fellow defender Sead Kolasinac is also surplus to requirements, while Arsenal are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for the versatile academy product Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Crystal Palace and Wolves have been linked with the 23-year-old, who has five England caps.

Attacking midfielders Willian and Reiss Nelson are reportedly also available, having struggled for consistency under Arteta.

Willian arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea just last summer but scored only one goal in the Premier League. Nelson is another Arsenal star rumoured to be of interest to Palace, whose new boss is Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.

The 21-year-old would likely only leave on loan despite featuring in only 69 minutes of Premier League football last season.

Striker Eddie Nketiah is also available having failed to replicate his prolific youth team form at senior level.

The Sun report claimed that goalkeeper Bernd Leno had also been put on the transfer list, but Arteta is unlikely to want the German to depart if he cannot find a replacement.

Arsenal have turned their attention to Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale after hitting too many obstacles in their pursuit of Ajax’s Andre Onana.

Arteta and Edu also wanted to listen to offers for Cedric Soares and Joe Willock, although both would be good back-up options.

The latter ended last season by scoring in each of his final seven games on loan at Newcastle, and the Magpies have been linked with a £30m move.

Arsenal would likely allow Willock to depart for that figure but negotiations are yet to advance far enough down the line.