Arsenal reportedly do not have the transfer funds to meet Borja Mayoral’s release clause this month.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the striker, much to the surprise of the player himself, though the finances involved may not mean that a deal is feasible.

Mikel Arteta has made it no secret behind the scenes at Arsenal that he would like to sign a new striker to lead the line for his side in the long-term. Numerous options are being explored by the club, both within the Premier League and abroad.

Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Bournemouth forward Dominic Solanke are among the most attractive homegrown options within England, though their price tags would certainly set them back massively.

Thus, reports have suggested that Getafe star Mayoral is also a striker that Arsenal are keeping an eye on following his sensational start to the season in the La Liga. The 26-year-old has a £22million release clause in his contract which will catch the eye of his suitors, though not all of them.

According to GiveMeSport, Arsenal do not have the finances available to fork out the aforementioned fee and suggestions of ongoing negotiations have therefore been ‘shot down’. The Gunners are said to have ‘very little wiggle room’ when it comes to new signings this month and therefore player sales may be required to kickstart any recruitment plans.

Arsenal aren’t short of fringe players who could be offloaded to fund new signings, though Arteta may not be willing to risk making significant changes to his squad whilst the title race is wide open and his team have gelled well during the opening months of the campaign.

Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah are two stars who are likely to attract plenty of interest from rivals if they are deemed surplus to requirements by the Gunners. The latter has been the subject of plenty of interest so far this month, with Crystal Palace and Brentford among the sides to enquire about his availability. Aston Villa reportedly also remain keen on Smith Rowe, having attempted to lure the playmaker away from north London in 2021.