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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal remain ‘active’ and ‘alert’ in the transfer market knowing from experience that some players become unexpectedly available closer to the window closing.
The Gunners did early business signing Sead Kolasinac on a free and Alexandre Lacazette for a club record deal but have found further deals harder to complete. So far offers for Monaco duo Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe have both been lodged and rejected while Jean-Michael Seri of Nice is another purported target.
Speaking ahead of the Emirates Cup, the boss touched on how he plans to strengthen the squad in the next four weeks.
“What’s next is to remain active,” he told Arsenal Player. “Not a lot [has] happened.
“I believe there are actually two ways to improve the team. First of all to improve the quality of what we do in training to improve the squad and improve the players we have, and secondly to bring more top-level players in.
“The difficulty is to bring top-level players in because you pay a huge amount of money for very normal players at the moment. As well, all the big clubs are chasing the same players and that provokes huge inflation. Maybe this will be the first time we [football clubs] pay over £200m, maybe over £300m with Neymar and around £200m with Mbappe.
“So there is a huge inflation. But we are active, we are working hard and I think we have done well with Kolasinac, we have done well with Lacazette and we are continuing to work.
“There’s the usual acceleration in the final part of August,” added Wenger, “But I think you have always to be on alert every day, because a good opportunity might turn up.
“Sometimes people you are after for a long time are not available and suddenly they become available. So you have always to be on alert. That’s what we do.”