Unai Emery has confirmed that David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell could leave the club before the month’s second transfer window closes on 31 August.
Premier League clubs had to have all their incoming business done by 5pm yesterday but they can sell and loan players to clubs in the English Football League and across the globe for another three weeks.
David Ospina, a late returnee from the World Cup, is surplus to requirements and is understood to be in talks with Turkish side Besiktas. Carl Jenkinson will likely drop down a division, while Joel Campbell’s weirdly long seven-year stint at the club will end permanently one way or another.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match with Manchester City, Emery revealed: “Yesterday the window closed here in the Premier League. Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players.
“We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave. But the other players are with us and we are going to work in the Emirates the day before the match with all the players.
He added: “Only two young players are going today, to play tomorrow with the under-23s against Manchester City away.
“They are Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah. The others, they are with us and tomorrow we decide the group for going to the hotel and also the first 11 and the first 18 players.”
There had been rumours suggesting Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck could leave the club but those haven’t come to anything. Danny will be a free agent at the end of the season but as things stand the club seem happy to risk him leaving for nothing.