Arsenal’s usual small spending method is set to be abolished this week as Wenger is set to smash his record transfer three times in a triple £60 million swoop.
Ivan Gazidis, chief executive at Arsenal, has insisted the club can afford anyone with a promise of ‘escalation in our financial firepower’.
The first signing looks to be the £20 million capture of Gonzalo Higuain, which eclipses the previous Arsenal transfer record by £5 million. The Real Madrid striker is determined to leave the Bernabeu after years of disrespect and wants to join a top European club where he will be one of the star players.
It is well known that Arsenal create numerous chances in every game but they lack a real finisher since Robin Van Persie left last summer. Olivier Giroud has had an admirable debut season netting 17 goals in all competitions but he was guilty of missing easy chances and Arsenal need a player who can score a goal when presented with a chance, an ability that Higuain can offer.
It is currently a two-horse race for Higuain with Juventus also interested but momentum swung in the Gunners favour as a very productive meeting between Arsene Wenger and Jorge Higuain, the player’s father and agent, took place in Paris. The club is expecting the deal to be completed within the coming weeks.
Arsenal’s rise in finances crossed with their qualification in to the Champions League presents them with a very promising summer full of transfers. Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini have also been linked with an Emirates move but source suggest Wenger’s priority is to stock the midfield and has labeled Ilkay Gundogan as his primary target.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder played a crucial role in the club’s run to the Champions League final and even scored the penalty that bought them level before Arjen Robben’s cruel winner right at the death. Mario Gotze’s arrival to Bayern Munich and the future’s of Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels uncertain has led to the club becoming unstable and a mass outbreak could follow with Wenger ensuring he would be the first to pick up Gundogan.
The player would cost around £20 million but would add immediate quality to the middle of the park, protecting the back four while also instigating quick attacks and keeping calm under pressure.
Another Bundesliga anchor man that Arsenal is looking at is Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender. However his signing will only happen should the Gunners fail to lure Gundogan to London. Bender has been one of three shining lights at Leverkusen alongside Andre Schurrle and Stefan Kiessling. Bender will be slightly cheaper than Gundogan by £3-5 million but would still add defensive steel to the club, something they have been missing for years.