Arsenal are interested in signing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves this summer and could explore alternative ways of completing a deal. Wolves reportedly value Neves at around £40million and would be willing to sell at that price. However, that would take a sizable chunk out of Arsenal’s transfer budget.
Arsenal’s budget for this summer is not known but the failure to qualify for any European competition will surely mean it is restricted.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to raise funds for new signings by selling members of his squad.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka looks set to be the first departure which will bring in new funds.
Xhaka is reportedly set to complete a move to Roma this week for a fee of between £15m and £20m.
Hector Bellerin is also linked with an exit after 10 years at the Emirates.
Arteta wants to strengthen in other areas as well as central midfield.
Therefore Arsenal could try to tempt Wolves with a number of their first-team squad to reserve funds for other targets.
Express Sport has picked out four Arsenal players who could potentially be used as a makeweight in a deal for Neves.
Maitland-Niles was linked with Wolves last summer so looks the most realistic option.
The England international wants to play in midfield and had to move to West Brom on loan in January to get regular game time.
It remains to be seen if incoming manager Bruno Lage will be as big a fan of Maitland-Niles as previous Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was.
Willock’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt despite his stunning spell on loan at Newcastle.
The attacking midfielder scored in seven successive Premier League matches and the Magpies are keen on a permanent deal.
Willock could be attracted by Wolves if he cannot be guaranteed game time under Arteta.
Nketiah’s contract at Arsenal expires at the end of next season and his future at the club looks bleak.
The England under-21 international has made just one Premier League start in 2021 so far.
Lage could bolster his attacking resources with the signing of Nketiah, who has been prolific in front of goal with the under-21s.
Nelson has the least experience in the Premier League out of this quartet.
Arsenal seem prepared to let the winger leave after making just two substitute appearances in the top flight last season.
Nelson is highly rated at Arsenal but competition for places has severely restricted his chances.