Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Mudryk swap, £43m release clause and three different ways Arsenal can complete late transfers

The transfer window is coming to a close and despite the initial wave of euphoria regarding £200million-plus spent by Arsenal on four top players, the feeling has quickly diminished after a combination of early-season blues. Jurrien Timber, who arrived in the summer, suffered an ACL injury in the Gunners’ first game of the league season and two points have been dropped to Fulham whilst Mikel Arteta has baffled many supporters with his change of system.

There are needs still and the market does not look as though it is going to provide. There remains a slim chance to do business but it will require the movement of several players out of the club and investment to be sanctioned or shrewd loan moves to be found.


With that in mind, takes a look at the different types of deals that could still be on the table in the remaining days of the window. Whatever happens from here will be something akin to a rabbit being pulled out of the hat by sporting director Edu Gaspar.


Nico Williams

One possible route for Arsenal could be in the form of the activation of a buyout clause. Price tags tend to soar toward the close of the window as clubs do not wish to sell but these release clauses allow sides to bypass negotiations and try to convince the player – just as Arsenal did in 2020 with Thomas Partey to the frustration of Atletico Madrid.





Spanish sides have release clauses inserted into the near-majority of their players, with clubs like Barcelona often making sure the fee is of a ludicrously unreachable amount. However, specifically for young players outside of Spain’s top three, there are opportunities in the Primera Division.


One player is Spanish international winger Nico Williams. The Athletic Club man has a release clause of €50million (£43million) and is one of the nation’s most exciting talents with the ability to play on either flank.


He could be the perfect option to support Bukayo Saka. However, the priority with Timber injured is not going to be a forward.


Kyle Walker-Peters

To solve this issue, another pathway for late business could be to tempt players from relegated sides in the Championship. Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton have all lost plenty of their stars from last season but could still be at risk of further departures.


The Saints’ full-back and former Tottenham youngster Kyle Walker-Peters has been mentioned as a potential option that the Gunners considered earlier in the window. His ability to play in either a right or left-back role would be an attraction to Mikel Arteta but what he would cost is another factor.

That said, often relegated sides warm to the idea of a loan, in the hope of a swift return to the English top flight which then welcomes back those who spent the time away from the second tier. Perhaps a loan for Walker-Peters might be an avenue to consider although it’s fair to predict plenty of pushback from this suggestion but options at this stage are limited in a position I’d consider a necessity.


Mykhailo Mudryk

Lastly is the fabled swap deal with clubs willing to do business if they get something in return. Rumours are that Chelsea have an interest in Emile Smith Rowe and have already been knocked back in an approach but reportedly would be willing to use players in a potential swap to sweeten the deal and open Arsenal up to a move.


Mykhailo Mudryk has been a name linked with Arsenal for some time and has since been raised as a potential candidate for a swap. The idea that Smith Rowe could be swapped for the Ukrainian international, however, will not be a popular one with the majority of supporters after his very poor start to life in the Premier League.

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