Arsene Wenger may have to use some of his famous negotiating skills to get the transer fee down to something that Arsenal can afford and are willing to pay, but the news that one of our main transfer targets for the January window, Mats Hummels, is available is a big step forward.
The Borussia Dortmund and Germany international defender is currently recovering from a minor injury problem and the Gunners are hoping that he fails to recover in time for the Champions League clash between the two clubs next Wednesday. But after that we want the talented 25-year old to get back into action and prove his fitness.
And then Wenger will have a big decision to make before the transfer window opens in the new year, because Metro have reported that the news from Germany is that Hummels will be sold if the price is right. The problems is, however, that the Bundesliga club are talking about £47 million for their centre back and Arsenal will want to get that down a bit.
We might also have to sell a few players to balance the books, but Arsenal can afford this transfer. It is now just a question of whether the club agrees to spend the money.