Arsenal can complete three summer transfers thanks to contract situation

Arsenal have a history of making mistakes with contract mismanagement in the last decade.

From giving a bumper deal to Mesut Özil to signing Willian on big wages, Arsenal have made a number of high-profile errors.

Given the financial impacts of the pandemic, it might be time for the Gunners to pick up some shrewd signings on the cheap.

Here are three players the club could sign for free because of expiring contracts.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, is reportedly open to leaving north London and Arsenal may look to cash in on the German while he still has two years left on his current deal.

If the Gunners are looking for a replacement then Gianluigi Donnarumma may be the perfect target.

The Italian international, who turned just 22 in February, may leave boyhood club AC Milan with his contract set to expire this summer. And signing Donnarumma would be a huge coup for Arsenal.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Image: Fabrizio Carabelli/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Donnarumma has been fiercely linked with Juventus but the Old Lady sit fifth in Serie A, outside the coveted Champions League spots.

The promising ‘keeper has been in imperious form this season, registering an impressive 12 clean sheets, the second most in Italy’s top-flight. His consistent shot-stopping has seen him rack up 25 caps for the Italian national team, a mean feat considering his age and competition.

Convincing him may prove to be a difficult task but if Arsenal can manage to get him on board Donnarumma would prove to be the perfect replacement for Leno and the Gunners wouldn’t have to fork out a transfer fee.

Memphis Depay

Mikel Arteta’s men have struggled for goals throughout the current campaign, netting a measly 50 goals in 36 league games, less than the likes of Leeds and West Ham.

With strikers Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette both approaching the final 12 months of their contracts it could be the perfect opportunity to sell them both on and replace them with Memphis Depay.

Since leaving the Premier League for Lyon, Depay has developed into a genuine world-class player. The Dutch international has scored 19 goals and bagged 10 assists in 35 Ligue 1 games this season.

Could Memphis Depay be a target for Liverpool? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

These numbers are all the more impressive when you consider he has been used in a plethora of positions, including attacking midfield, left-wing and as a false-nine.

Depay’s pace, eye-catching skills and ice-cold finishing make him a hot commodity this summer. Furthermore, his future is even more exciting when you consider that his contract expires this summer.

A player of Depay’s quality and experience on a free transfer would be a dream for any club in Europe, especially Arsenal who could use his versatility in their forward line.

Ryan Bertrand

Kieran Tierney is a crucial part of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side and his recent injury problems have highlighted a glaring hole in Arsenal’s backline, their left-back options.

The Scotsman is the only recognised left-back in the Arsenal squad with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka all deputising for Tierney this term.

While Saka has consistently performed well when asked upon the aforementioned Xhaka and Cedric have struggled to impose themselves on the position, one which is clearly unfamiliar to both.

Arsenal have reportedly made an approach for Ryan Bertrand. (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The perfect solution to the Gunners’ left-back woes could be signing Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand for free this summer.

Bertrand has had a successful stint on the south coast, making 244 appearances for the Saints since his move from Chelsea in 2015.

The 31-year-old has considerable top-flight experience and started the Blues’ Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012. His impressive CV coupled with his notable consistency could make him a shrewd piece of business for Mikel Arteta’s men this summer.

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