What is going to happen with Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares in the summer transfer window?
Transfer fees had become so large that most teams are struggling to sign top-quality talent, generally being priced out of the market. Arsenal is one of those teams that have tried their best to keep their spending in check.
The Gunners spent more than £70 million on Nicholas Pepe in the last transfer window, but they will make the payments gradually until it is complete.
With limited funds and the club asking players to help with a 12.5 percent pay cut, I wonder what will happen to Mikel Arteta’s transfer plans.
The Spaniard has several players that he wants to sign when the transfer window reopens, but limited funds could see him miss out on most of those targets.
The Gunners signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan for the rest of the season in the last transfer window.
We considered both players temporary solutions to a long-term problem at the club, however, they might stay longer than expected whether or not they merit that.
Mari has played twice for the Gunners and impressed in both games, but that isn’t enough to give him a permanent deal.
Soares has not played for the club because of the suspension of football. He will be a free agent when this season ends, and it seems sensible to keep him on.
I reckon that we should give both players permanent deals, but that won’t be because they have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they can play for Arsenal, but because we have no choice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They are here, they are cheap and for all intents and purpose, they are new signings.