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Tomiyasu to leave Arsenal in exchange deal with Inter

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Arsenal have reportedly proposed the idea of sending Takehiro Tomiyasu to Inter in exchange for Denzel Dumfries.

The Nerazzurri are aware that they’ll have to cash in on a first team player in the coming months in order to help alleviate their financial concerns, an issue they faced last year when Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi were sold.

Dumfries has seemingly been Inter’s choice for a while now and his impressive performance against the United States at the World Cup saw him attract attention across Europe, with Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United particularly keen.

As reported by Caught Offside, Arsenal also emerged to explore a deal for Dumfries and offered Inter a swap deal involving Tomiyasu, who has struggled for consistent minutes this season under Mikel Arteta.

Whilst an intriguing idea, the Nerazzurri are not interested in accepting the proposal, making it clear that only pure cash offers will be considered. The club are hoping to pick up around €50-60m from the Dutchman’s sale, figures the Gunners are unlikely to invest considering their need for a new striker.

CMW reported last week that the Japanese international, who only arrived in north London in the summer of 2021, would be included in the deal with the Gunners prepared to pay the asking price of €40million (£34.5million) and send Tomiyasu back to Serie A.

The Gunners have now been given an answer over the likelihood of that swap deal or any proposal that involves another player, being accepted. Inter have also given their stance on a January departure and have ruled out any potential cut-price deal.

“Inter Milan are not looking for swap deals for Denzel Dumfries, as things stand,” Fabrizio Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column.

“Big money or nothing, this is their stance – and the absolute priority is to keep Dumfries at least until the end of the season.”

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