Arsene Wenger is ready to up his game in the transfer market as he plans to part with £80 million over the next two weeks to ensure his team can challenge for honours in the upcoming season.
The Gunners have been given a healthy £70 million to spend but so far Wenger hasn’t spent a single penny with the free transfer of Yaya Sanogo the only arrival so far.
The club have been linked with a whole host of big names including Wayne Rooney, Stevan Jovetic, Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain and Lars Bender but have failed to bring in any new recruits.
Wenger is currently working on a deal to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, however the Merseysiders have so far been unwilling to sell. Their valuation of the striker reaches £55 million, a fee that is shared by Arsenal. The Gunners have seen two bids rejected already, their latest a £40,000,001 offer.
The Arsenal boss is determined to sign the Uruguayan and is set to make a third bid of £51 million for the striker. Arsenal are not know for throwing money around and this offer shows their intent in the transfer market.
Personal terms have already been agreed between Arsenal and Suarez and all that’s left is for Arsenal and Liverpool to agree on a price. Brendan Rodgers has insisted the club will not sell Suarez but the player may have crossed too many lines to play for Liverpool again in his attempts to force a move away from Anfield.
While Wenger have been looking to improve his attacking qualities, the Gunners boss also needs a new face in defence. Thomas Vermaelen’s injury leaves the squad thin at the back with only Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as recognised centre-backs. Bacary Sagna has been pushed more centrally during pre-season and will accommodate the position until Wenger finds a player.
He has his eyes on Swansea City’s Ashley Williams. The club inquired about the availability of the Welshman earlier in the summer but bulked at the £10 million asking price but with injuries and departures, Wenger may be forced to splash the cash.
The valuation of Williams is not as bad as it seems in today’s transfer market. Williams put himself in the spotlight with several commanding displays for the Welsh side last season as the club triumphed in the Capital One Cup. He is strong in the tackle and a great leader, something Arsenal sometimes lack. Considering Vermaelen cost them the same price, Williams would be a good transfer for that value.
That still leaves £21 million on Wenger’s third target. Schalke youngster Julian Draxler has attracted interest across Europe but Wenger is ready to make his interest official with a big money bid.
It’s unlikely Schalke will let the midfielder go without a fight but Wenger’s failure in the transfer market so far means he can not take no as an answer. He needs to be ruthless in the market and make sure he doesn’t miss out on any more of his targets.
The signings of Draxler and Suarez would both break Arsenal’s transfer record while the latter would also break the current British transfer record signaling Arsenal’s intent and ambition in the upcoming season.