Arsenal to free up over £250k from weekly wage bill imminently to boost budget

Arsenal look set to free up over £250,000-a-week from their weekly wage bill – giving their budget a big boost with one week left of the transfer window.

The Gunners have been good at bringing players in this summer, signing Albert Sambi-Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale at a combined cost of £140million.

But they've been less proficient at letting players go, with Joe Willock's £22million move to Newcastle their only significant piece of business in the other direction.

That could be set to change before the window slams shut as Willian looks set to join Lucas Torreira in heading out of the Emirates exit door.

Willian is set to return to his homeland with Brazilian side Corinthians, while Torreira has moved back to Serie A with Fiorentina.

Torreira, 25, was signed by Unai Emery in 2018 with the aim of bringing some bite back to Arsenal's midfield for the first time since the days of Patrick Vieira.

After a promising start, things gradually went downhill for the Uruguayan, who fell out of favour following Mikel Arteta's appointment in December 2019 and spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

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He has now joined Fiorentina on-loan until the end of the season, with the Italian side also retaining an option to buy.

Arsenal will receive a loan fee of £1.2million, but perhaps more importantly, no longer have to deal with the midfielder's £75,000-per-week wages.

It's a similar story with Willian.

Mikel Arteta brought the Brazilian midfielder to the club last summer but the move has not worked out and Arsenal are now willing to let the 33-year-old leave for free.

Shifting Willian off the books will save Arsenal a reported £192,000-per-week – a not insignificant sum of money in the current market.

If the former Chelsea man joins Torreira in leaving as expected in the coming days, the Gunners will have saved over £250,000-a-week in wages.

That could be important as Arteta looks to bring in one or two more faces before the transfer window shuts, with a right-back and a striker seen as priority areas.

Given the club's pursuit of Tammy Abraham, who elected to join Jose Mourinho at Roma, it would be no surprise to see Arsenal dive back into the market for another centre-forward.

Rumours also persist over a move for Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier, who is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United also interested.

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