Arsenal have told young midfielder Ben Sheaf that he is free to leave the Emirates for as little as £750,000 ahead of a potential move to Coventry City, according to The Sun (16 August, page 59).
While Mikel Arteta has shown plenty of faith in youth since replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates, making Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney some of the first names on his team sheet, it seems that a Kent-born starlet is a little late to the party.
At the age of 22, the time has surely passed for Sheaf to secure a first-team role in that famous red and white shirt.
Though the former West Ham youngster can at least console himself with a move to a Coventry side who stormed to the League One title last season, sealing their return to the Championship after an eight year absence.
The Sun claims that Sheaf has been in talks over a move to the Sky Blues, and Arsenal are willing to accept a fee of just £750,000.
Though if there is one man who will be disappointed to see Sheaf depart with just three Gunners appearances under his belt, it is a certain legendary Frenchman who handed a little-known teenager his debut against Red Star Belgrade in 2017.
“He’s always ahead of the game and his anticipation quality is absolutely huge,” Arsene Wenger said, in quotes reported by the Coventry Telegraph.
“He has that kind of mental strength as well. A typical British way of handling things, facing the difficulties with a very cool and intelligent way. There is something in him that I believe will allow him to progress always.
“Because he analyses well what’s happening to him, he assesses well what is going on and that’s why I believe he will have a good career.”