With us now in to the second half of the month of January, we are obviously heading towards the uber hyped transfer window deadline day, but most expectations are that Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta will still add at least one, or two, potential fresh faces to the group, and Bruno Guimaraes could well be one.
The aim obviously is to look to hit the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign strongly, given we are only five points off Liverpool right now, with a similar number of game played but the Guimaraes speculation seems to be back on the rumour mill after Newcastle United recently announced losses of £73.4 million for the 2022/23 season and it was admitted that some player sales may be on the cards so they could strengthen further, and remain within Financial Fair Play rules. It seems these days fans need something like a royal panda review nz to work out how FFP is now operating.
Chief executive Darren Eales stated.
“It’s difficult to say specifically on certain players, but…at times it is necessary to trade your players…but all of this could make sense to trade that player. It is counter-intuitive and part of the inherent system of PSR (Profit and Sustainability Rules) that there is an incentive to trade your players if you want to re-invest.”
FFP is big news right now following a recent second charge for Everton, and Nottingham Forest also appearing to be on the end of the Premier League’s ire, and following Newcastle’s admittance about sales, the rumour mill has carried claims that they are now putting the final touches on a move for Guimaraes replacement and are more than happy to cash in on him.
The biggest question from Arsenal’s perspective right now is, depending on what Newcastle would value 26 year old Guimaraes at now (given they paid French side Lyon £35 million for the Brazilians services in January 2022), is would it fit within our own FFP constraints given spending in previous years, and not least our spending and commitments last summer – the Declan Rice deal with West Ham United for a club record £105 million stands out particularly on that front.
There are also rumours that we have an interest in Alexander Isak – but in any event, if there is to be movement on either front, the educated guess suggests that we would naturally favour an initial loan deal this month, but one that involved an obligated buy clause at the end of the season so the greater expenditure would be pushed past the summer and in to next season’s FFP calculations.
Particularly as Guimaraes is said to have a reported £100 million release fee, but one that is payable in three instalments, so that could be something we use to our advantage.
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