Arsenal could copy Chelsea’s transfer trick amid latest decisions on Nelson, Nketiah and Willock

It is well known how important it is for Arsenal to get their purchases right in the transfer market this summer.

After failing to qualify for European football for the first time in a quarter of a century, the Gunners are in desperate need of a squad overhaul, and despite having already brought in Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga they are still on the hunt for several players.

A goalkeeper, right-back, central midfielder and creative midfielder could all be on the agenda with Aaron Ramsdale, Max Aarons, Yves Bissouma, Martin Odegaard and Tammy Abraham among the respective names to have been linked.

However, arguably more important than any of that is making sure they also get it right when it comes to transfers in the opposite direction.

For years now Arsenal have been a club that sell poorly.

The £30million-plus sales of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi to Everton and Liverpool, respectively, stand out as exceptions to the rule that has seen the Gunners criminally undervalue their own talent in the market.

With a relatively frugal ownership in the form of Stan and Josh Kroenke, money seems to be perennially tight around the Emirates, so it is absolutely vital that they raise funds wherever possible.

When it comes to doing this, they might want to take a leaf out of the book of one of their closest and fiercest rivals.

Chelsea sold youngster Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace this week for a fee that understands to be in the region of at least £18m. The England Under-21 international had an excellent season on loan at Swansea last year and was very highly rated within the Blues ranks.

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While many fans at Stamford Bridge have questioned the decision, one thing they cannot argue with is the shrewdness with which Marina Granovskaia has conducted the move.

Included in the deal is reportedly a sell-on fee that ensures the Blues will get a percentage of whatever Patrick Vieira’s side sell Guehi for – if they do – as well as the right to match any offer from other clubs for the centre-back in the future.

Arsenal have a few young players of their own who they could be selling this summer.

Arsenal's Hale End graduates could help raise precious funds in the summer transfer window
Arsenal’s Hale End graduates could help raise precious funds in the summer transfer window

Hale End graduates Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Matiland-Niles have all been linked with moves away from the club after failing to establish themselves as first-team regulars at the Emirates so far. understands that a move for Willock is most likely to be one that sees him return to Newcastle on loan for the season, as the Gunners seek to secure a contract extension to preserve his value, while the other three are all available for a permanent transfer at the right price.

In the cases of Nelson and Nketiah, both have just one year left on their contract putting Arsenal in a slightly compromised position as it means that they are unlikely to be able to secure a fee close to what either of the England Under-21 internationals are actually worth.

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With this in mind, it may perhaps make sense to try to insert sell on clauses into the deals that see them leave to try and ensure that they can extract some value from their academy talents in the future.

Both players are very highly rated and could well move on to another club for big money in the future, so including such detail in any negotiations would be a smart move from Edu.

In fairness to the Gunners, they have already inserted sell-on clauses into some young players’ transfers away in the past. understands that they are set to receive around £250,000 once Donyell Malen completes his £25m move to Borussia Dortmund from PSV. The mathematicians among you though will have already worked out that that compromises just a 1% sell-on fee, with the quarter of a million hardly likely to be enough to help Arsenal secure any of their prime transfer targets this summer.

It is also the case that prime young talents like Ismael Bennacer, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and most egregiously Serge Gnabry have been allowed to leave without having any sell-on clauses inserted into their contracts, only to move onto other clubs for hefty transfer fees.

The Gunners are in a position where they cannot afford to continue operating poorly in the market. Copying the actions of their London neighbours may be a good first step to ensuring they can learn from their mistakes.

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