While Arsenal are determined to get rid of Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi this week, another player who may depart is Nacho Monreal.
The left-back has started all the Gunners’ league games this season but, once Kieran Tierney is fit, may find himself down the pecking order at the Emirates.
Real Sociedad are particularly keen on his signature and have been working to take him to Spain, with Monreal said to be very open to the move as he’ll not only be a key player but be close to his home in Pamplona.
The two clubs have been negotiating a deal this week, although the various reports failed to mention what sort of transfer fee could be involved.
That’s changed today with Diario Vasco covering the ongoing story and say there is no issue between the clubs in terms of negotiations over a price.
The deal will be a relatively low one with Real Sociedad set to ‘barely pay a fixed amount’ for the transfer. Instead, the agreement will be based on a set of variables that will then see Arsenal make some money down the line.
It’s not explained what those variables are, but it’s suggested they could revolve around appearances, collective goals or qualification for Europe.
The newspaper confirm that Monreal has already agreed to the move and taken a hit on his wages as Sociedad are offering him a contract until he turns 35. The major problem is Unai Emery.
Diario Vasco explain the whole operation is in his hands and he has a meeting scheduled with Monreal to decide his future.
Emery plans on using Monreal in the North London derby this weekend, and that would leave only 24 hours to get the deal done, putting it in jeopardy.