Gunners to splash out on major squad overhaul.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to spend big to land his three main transfer targets this summer, with reports emerging that he could be set for a £68million move to bring in players for each key area of his squad.
After a highly disappointing opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa, it has become clearer than ever that Arsenal need reinforcements in almost every position, particularly as north London rivals Tottenham have made major investments to improving their team this summer, and currently look favourites to finally finish above Arsenal and break into the top four.
As current rumours that have been circulating suggest, Wenger will look to make raids on Swansea and Newcastle in a bid to save Arsenal’s season.
Spanish striker Michu had a sensational first season in the Premier League last year, arriving as a relative unknown for just £2million before establishing himself as one of the deadliest finishers in the country. The 27-year-old scored 18 league goals for Michael Laudrup’s side, and a further four in the cup competitions, in which the Swans found great success with their Capital One Cup victory over Bradford City.
Needless to say, Michu’s form has attracted attention from a number of top clubs this summer, and he looks like a player made to be playing at the very top level. Atletico Madrid and Manchester City have been linked with him at points this summer, but with both those teams looking elsewhere to strengthen upfront, Arsenal now look like the frontrunners for his signature, though they have been told they will have to pay big to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
Initially Swansea ruled out selling Michu altogether, though they appear to have conceded defeat in their attempts to keep the star player, with Arsenal willing to pay a club record fee of £22million to sign him. The Gunners lacked a regular goal-scorer last season following the surprise sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, and while the likes of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski settled well, Arsene Wenger has shown this summer that he wants more upfront, having missed out on big name targets such as Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.
Michu and Arsenal will discuss personal terms later this week, and it seems increasingly likely that the former Rayo Vallecano man will become the club’s much-anticipated marquee signing of the summer.
Swansea have already signed Wilfried Bony to replace Michu upfront, but could enter the market for another new striker with the profit from Michu’s sale, and are believed to be targeting Chelsea backup Demba Ba.