Money means power in the world of football. The more you have, the better you can become. Manchester City are the perfect example going from middle table regulars to Premier League champions in five years thanks to unlimited finances from the Middle East.
Arsenal have always done things differently. They spend what they make and nothing more. The only loan they have made was to move to the highly advanced Emirates Stadium and that meant the club had to sacrifice on their wage structure and transfer fees to accommodate. However, the stadium has made the club more money and they are coming to an end to the debt they owe.
They have signed lucrative deals with Emirates and Puma to earn the club a further £300 million over the next five years to put the club in a healthy financial position. This has led to Arsene Wenger being handed a handsome £70 million to spend this summer to heavily invest in the squad ahead of the upcoming season.
The Gunners have been linked with several multi-million signings from Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini to Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic but the only confirmed deal has been a free transfer for Yaya Sanogo from Ligue 2 club Auxerre.
Luis Suarez has also been linked with a move to North London but that rumour will stay as fantasy with the striker wanting a move out of England altogether. Ever since he arrived from Ajax, the striker has been criticised by the English media and the FA. He was given an 8 match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra and is currently serving a 10 match suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic. He has also been branded a ‘diver’ and a ‘cheat’ during his 2 ½ years at Liverpool. He feels the referees and media pick on him too much and wants out.
Liverpool are unwilling to sell and hope to keep him come the end of the summer. Despite his bad points, Suarez is an exetremely skilled footballer, who can turn any defender inside out with an array of fancy skills and has a good eye for goal. Liverpool will be wanting to hold on to that if possible and will be looking for top money should they reluctantly let him go. Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a £40 million move for the Uruguayan but the Kop will hold out for nearer £50 million, making a 100% profit.
Arsenal’s current transfer record is a mere £15 million, splashed out on Andrey Arshavin in 2009. They have been linked with £20-£25 million moves for Rooney, Fellaini and Higuain which is still half of Liverpool’s valuation of Suarez, a fee Wenger will refuse to match. If Liverpool were forced in to a sale, Madrid would be a preferred option rather than selling to a Premier League rival. An option Arsenal would have also preferred when selling Robin Van Persie.
It is no secret Arsenal are searching for another striker but Higuain’s arrival is expected soon and Rooney is Wenger’s next target.