Arsenal Chief: We’re Ready To Pay Record Fee To Sign Striker & He Wants To Join
Arsenal director Lord Harris has revealed the club are willing to back Arsene Wenger to break our transfer record to land his No.1 striker target this summer
With the summer transfer window in full swing, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of next season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Arsenal are willing to break their transfer record to sign a striker…
Arsenal director Lord Harris has revealed the club are willing to back Arsene Wenger to break our transfer record to land his No.1 striker target this summer, and claims the mystery player is keen on the move, according to the Daily Mail.
In a rare interview with the media, Lord Harris – who is a non-executive director at AFC but closely monitors the clubs finances – told the Daily Mail there is over £200m in the bank and while not all of that will be available for transfers, the Carpetright owner claims we can afford any player in the world with the exception of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lord Harris told the newspaper that a striker features prominently on the list of targets Arsene Wenger has given them this summer and claims the mystery player is keen to make the move to North London.
However, while the club are prepared to break our transfer record to land the striker, Harris confirmed a move is unlikely unless the selling club can find a suitable replacement.
‘Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,’ Harris told the Daily Mail
‘We could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are un-buyable. In the accounts, there’s over £200million in the bank. You could say to Arsene we’ve got no money and he wouldn’t worry, or you could give him £100m and he might not spend it.
‘At the moment there are no plans to sign anyone, unless he finds a real superstar like Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez. He’s looking for one of those but there aren’t many available.
‘We would back him to break the club’s transfer record. If he wanted the man, he could have him. Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he could have any player. We will probably have to break the club record to get the man he wants.’
‘We get a list of the players that Wenger wants. On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is. You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.
It’s an interesting insight from Lord Harris and his revelations have left fans speculating over who Wenger’s mystery target could be, but I personally think it’s safe to safe Karim Benzema is the striker in question.
Wenger is a long-term fan and the newspapers have strongly linked us with the French hitman in recent months. El Confidential reported last week that the boss has already spoken with the 27-year-old about a move to Arsenal while the Express claim that Wenger is willing to wait until the final days of the window to land the striker.
To me, it looks like Wenger feels he’s got a decent chance of signing Benzema as long as Madrid can find a replacement. There has speculation suggesting the Spaniard’s are interested in Marco Reus, Fernando Llorente and even Sergio Aguero but we’ll have to wait and see if they can sign any of their targets.
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If they do, then we’ll be clear to sign Benzema and obviously he’d be an outstanding signing if we could pull it off. With him leading to line up front and the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in support, we’d finally have a title-winning squad in my opinion.
Let’s see how things develop but I can only see the Benzema-to-Arsenal rumours intensifying over the coming weeks. Let’s just pray we can get a deal agreed.
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