Raul Sanllehi’s summer transfer message to Arsenal staff amid coronavirus crisis

Arsenal staff have been warned not to expect a big-spending summer in the transfer market by the club's head of football Raul Sanllehi.

The coronavirus crisis has hit the finances of football clubs across the country hard, and Arsenal are just one of the sides feeling the pinch.

It was thought Mikel Arteta would be backed heavily in the market over the off-season to help rebuild The Gunners' squad.

But in a video message to non-playing staff, Sanllehi – along with chief executive Vinai Venkatesham – admitted Arsenal would not be forking out huge sums on new additions.

As reported by the Evening Standard, Sanllehi added that the club were not prioritising transfers at the current time either.

His comments come off the back of a report from the Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST), who claimed that the club could lose in excess of £140million if the Premier League decide to play all fixtures behind closed doors next season.

Arsenal are already set to lose out on millions financially from this season, having already refunded fans who had purchased tickets for their remaining four home matches.

After projecting to end the financial year £4m in profit, the Gunners now stand to finish £19m in the red.

They have also had to hold off on collecting season ticket payments for next season, which is income they would normally use to help cover costs during the summer months – including transfer fees.

Arsenal had been reported to be eyeing a £50m move for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey, but there is now little to no chance of them even getting near that figure.

It was only last summer that Arsenal spent more than £100m on transfers.

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