Emirates boss ready to splash the cash.
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has been given the green light for a major summer spending spree.
After yet another trophy-less season, chairman Peter Hill-Wood revealed more money “than for a long, long time” was available for Wenger – thought to be around £25-£30m.
Fulham’s Brede Hangeland (left) is one of his top targets. The north Londoners have a board meeting late next week and transfer bids will be on the agenda after the loss at Spurs, which ended their Premier League hopes.
A centre-back is a priority with Hangeland and Hamburg’s Jerome Boateng on Wenger’s radar.
The Frenchman knows he needs to boost his strike force. Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh seems set to join on a Bosman free, although he will command big wages.
Hill-Wood said: “We have got more money than we have had for a long, long time and we would like to spend it. But we want to spend it sensibly.”
He added the club were beginning to reap the benefits of Highbury Square – the conversion of the old stadium into homes – and also development around their new Emirates base.
“There is plenty of cash, although not in comparison to Manchester City, ” he said. “So we have got to look for others. We clearly cannot compete in the transfer market with them.” (Daily Star)
Having suffered a critical defeat at White Hart Lane Arsene Wenger will be even more determined to splash the cash and look to freshen up a side that now appears to be heading for a fifth silverware-less season. A number of players have been linked with a move to the Emirates but now it seems that the Gunners boss will have a decent amount of cash to invest in the Arsenal squad this summer.
Brede Hangeland is a player who has been linked with a move across London and even though Fulham are having another fantastic season it seems likely that if a move was made to sign the giant Norwegian then surely the player would want to consider it as such a move would clearly represent a massive step up.
Jerome Boateng seems to be one player Wenger will miss out after Manchester City appear to have more or less sealed a deal to snap up the German international. The Marouane Chamakh deal, depending on what source you read, is either practically a done or has in fact already been agreed.
It has also been reported that the north London club are also looking to bring in a new keeper even though such a move is apparently angering Manuel Almunia who is looking to be confirmed as the club’s number one which seems unlikely given the Spaniards ability to drop far too many clangers.