Arsenal set for unexpected FFP boost with £30m transfer mooted as fresh stance emerges

Chelsea wonderkid Omari Hutchinson
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Arsenal could be set for a multi-million-pound Financial Fair Play boost as Chelsea are expected to entertain offers for Omari Hutchinson.

The 20-year-old forward spent seven years as a Gunner before making the move to Stamford Bridge in 2022. Last season, Hutchinson thrived on loan at Ipswich Town and helped the Tractor Boys seal a return to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years. understands the Tractor Boys are keen on bringing Hutchinson back to Portman Road but will face competition from VfB Stuttgart and Ajax. Chelsea, though, are expected to ask for around £30m for the forward who notched 11 goals and six assists in 50 games in the second tier last season.

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Should Hutchinson seal a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge then it is understood that Arsenal would be entitled to a percentage of the fee as a result of the deal that saw him leave the Emirates Stadium two years ago.

And as the 20-year-old was a player who came through Arsenal's academy, any sell-on fee the club received would count as 'pure profit' on the books and consequently allow the Gunners more wiggle room when it comes to adhering to the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Like many clubs in the Premier League, Arsenal didn't sign anyone in the January transfer window as manager Mikel Arteta cited the difficulties of the mid-season market.

"It is a very, very tricky market that shifts very quickly and it is quite unpredictable as well – and you have to be prepared," said Arteta in January. "We will be prepared and we will try to make the right calls. If there is something that we can [do to] improve the squad and that needs appear, and we cannot fulfil it with players here, we are always going to be open to do that because we want to be stronger."