Report: Arsenal looking to offload Mathieu Flamini before transfer deadline

The Gunners are reportedly keen to offload the Frenchman, but his wages are proving to be a problem.

Arsenal are actively looking to sell Mathieu Flamini before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, reports the Daily Mail.

The midfielder has found himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates, with youngster Francis Coquelin the first choice defensive midfielder and Mikel Arteta his backup.

That has left Flamini slipping down the pecking order, and the Gunners are keen to offload him as soon as they can as Arsene Wenger looks to remove some of the fringe players from his squad.

There had been interest from Turkish side Galatasary, as reported by talkSPORT, but their transfer window closed on Monday evening, making a move impossible. That has led to Arsenal looking elsewhere in Europe to try and secure a sale, according to the Daily Mail report.

One stumbling block, however, is the Frenchman’s wages, with the 31-year-old reportedly bringing in a staggering £60,000-per-week, a salary that the vast majority of his potential suitors could not match.

With the Gunners keen to get that package off their wage bill, though, perhaps they will offer to pay part of his wages to any potential club in an effort to force through a move.

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