New Gunners owner ready to offer significant funding for squad improvements.
Arsene Wenger is preparing a summer shopping list as he looks to spend significant sums on squad reinforcements as new owner Stan Kroenke looks to back the Arsenal boss in the transfer market. The Arsenal manager has identified three targets he feels he needs in order to strengthen his North London side this summer.
Seemingly the top priority is to bring in a new keeper that he can rely to name as his first team starter and to that end the Frenchman will look to secure German international Manuel Neuer who is rumoured to be ready to leave Schalke after a very poor domestic season, which will result in the Gelsenkirchen side failing to secure European football of any type next term, unless of course Ralf Rangnick’s side can win the Champions League this season.
Wenger is also looking to beef up his defence and has earmarked a move for Ajax centre back Jan Vertonghen, who formed a successful partnership with Thomas Vermalen at the Amsterdam club before his Belgian international team-mate left for the Premier League last season. The centre back area has been a problematic one for Arsenal this season with new signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci both failing to inspire confidence.
Finally Arsene Wenger will reportedly look to bring in long term target Karim Benzema and the chances of persuading the French international to leave the Bernabeu this summer depend very much on whether Jose Mourinho looks to bring in another striker, thus confirming to the former Lyon man that he is very much a back up and not a first team regular.
With Robin Van Persie still plagued by injuries and Marouane Chamakh not fulfilling his early promise, Arsenal could well do with more firepower and it seems likely that one of the club’s back up’s, Nicklas Bendtner or Carlos Vela, are likely to be sold.