Emirates Stadium side have big plans for this summer.
If Arsenal seal a Champions League qualification, there is a feeling that they can reconstruct a great team, with Borussia Dortmund star midfielder Mario Goetze and Cologne’s Lukas Podolski likely additions.
Podolski is keen to join while Arsenal are currently in pole position to sign Goetze. But that could all change if they do not make the top four.
There is the prospect of losing not just Van Persie, but also Alex Song who, though he has two years left on his current deal, has resisted efforts by Arsenal to sign a new deal.
While Wenger’s transfer fund for the summer is rumoured to be £50m, it is in fact less.
‘It is not true [it is £50m],’ admitted Wenger.
The figure is thought to be closer to £40m, and that also has to include the wages of any new recruit, meaning that in the best case scenario, that would only cover the signing of Goetze.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Mario Gotze would indeed be a much prized capture and not only would it take the £40m this source believes it would cost to bring the German international to the Emirates Stadium it would also take a fair bit of persuasion to boot. The young Borussia Dortmund man helped his side to a Bundesliga title last term and has been pivotal in guiding Jurgen Klopp’s side to the top this term and therefore there would perhaps be a reluctance to leave a club on the rise.
The 19 year old midfielder has racked up 14 goals and 20 assists over the past 18 months and is now a regular in Joachim Low’s German national team set-up and though a high profile move is speculated about in the press one has to wonder if the teenager has any reason to leave the club he joined as a nine year old.
Wenger is of course well known for taking youthful talents and moulding them into the finished article and the French boss may see Gotze as a great long term replacement for Cesc Fabregas but the pursuit of the starlet could be a tough one, especially if Dortmund do retain the title.
As with any other prospective target, a top four finish is crucial if the Gunners want to bring in the best available talent and Wenger will be all too aware of that fact as his North London side readies themselves for battles in the coming weeks and months.
In order to fund such moves, and to boost the club’s transfer fund coffers, this source states that six players will be sold, details on those heading for the exit continues on the next page.