Despite the transfer window now being closed there will still be plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal are now ready to break their wage structure for top talent.
Arsenal are finally ready to break their wage structure to sign top talent with Stefan Jovetic and Mario Gotze among the players boss Arsene Wenger is looking to sign this summer, according to the Telegraph.
Our wage structure has come under the microscope on more than one occasion in recent years after a string of first team players have left the club to earn significantly higher wages elsewhere. Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are understood to be our current highest earners on £100,000-a-week but the Telegraph claim the club are now willing to break that barrier in order to attract genuine world-class talent.
Among the players boss Arsene Wenger is said to be eyeing are Fiorentina’s Stefan Jovetic and Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze, with the newspaper claiming the boss hold’s a strong interest in both attackers and could use some of his £70m transfer fund to target the duo in the summer with the club willing to offer wages in excess of £100,000-a-week to compete for their signatures.
Our coffers have been boosted with several new commercial deals but we’ll also see high earning squad players such as Sebastien Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of the season – freeing up more money to put towards the right players.
The Telegraph suggest that the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Andre Santos, Marouane Chamakh, Johan Djourou and Park Chu-young will also be made available for transfer but as has been the case in recent years, we may have to ship them out on loan as nobody seems willing to pay their relatively high wages and take them on a permanent basis.
The paper also claims that Wenger will look for a defensive midfielder and a goalkeeper this summer with Etienne Capoue, Pepe Reina and Asmir Begovic on his radar, while a right back could also come in if Bacary Sagna is sold.
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It all sounds very promising, to good to be true some might say, as many Arsenal fans have heard this all before only to be left with Gervinho. But if the Telegraph‘s report is accurate and all of the above happens, we could have a real squad capable of challenging for trophies next season. Adding Begovic, Capoue, Gotze and Jovetic would make our squad a while lot stronger, that’s for sure!
Who would you like to see signed in the summer? Do you think Wenger will sign some world class talent?