Arsenal transfer path cleared for double deal amid unofficial FFP deadline

Joshua Zirkzee

Arsenal have been handed a potential double transfer boost in their hopes of signing Joshua Zirkzee and Jorrel Hato in the summer transfer window.

Both players have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in the off-season. Reports earlier this year suggested that talks have already taken place with Zirkzee’s agent over a possible transfer, while young Ajax defender Hato has been linked for the last few months.

The European Championships taking place in the summer can sometimes disrupt clubs’ transfer business, with players and nations keen to concentrate on the tournament. That won’t be the case for Arsenal with Zirkzee and Hato.

Despite their impressive performances for their clubs this season both players have been left out of the Netherlands squad for the tournament. 22-year-old Zirkzee is yet to make his full international debut for his country while Hato, who is just 18 years old, made his debut at the end of last year in the European qualifier against Gibraltar, but that is his only cap so far.

The fact that the duo will not be involved in the tournament this summer is likely to be good news for Arsenal as it allows the club to get any potential transfer deals done early and not have to wait until the end of the Euros. It will also leave the Gunners with a decision to make over the profit and sustainability rules (PSRs) deadline.

The year runs until June 30 in the Premier League’s financial rules, meaning that any deals done before then will count toward the current season’s expenditure or profit. If Arsenal have wriggle room in the current year’s accounts to complete a deal, then it would free up some more money for deals done after June 30.

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However, if they are close to the limit set by the rules, then the club could choose to complete the deal after the deadline. That would then mean that it goes into next year’s accounts.