We have heard that Arsenal will hand Arsene Wenger a transfer kitty in the region of £70 million to spend this summer, although this has not been made official by the club. I think there could and should be more than that, with all the new commercial deals and another season in the Premier League.
No matter how much there is, it doesn’t matter if Wenger does not spend it, so I am nbot sure how to take the news, reported by Caughtoffside, that the manager has already targeted his three main transfer targets, who will cost around £40 million.
The players are all currently in the Premier League, which is good because we should then avoid the kind of adjustment problems often seen with players coming from other countries. They are Wilfried Bony, Micah Richards and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Bony has had an excellent first season with Swansea, scoring 25 goals and so it could take around £20 million to persuade them to sell. Schneiderlin will also not come cheap from Southampton, but a bid of around £12 million should do the trick. The Frenchman should add significant energy and strength to our talented midfield.
Richards should be easier to get, as he has fallen down the pecking order at Man City. With his ability to cover at centre back as well as his usual right back role, the Englishman will be a straight swap for Bacary Sagna, who might be going in the opposite direction.
These three players would make good additions to the Arsenal squad, but none of them is the type of marquee signing that gets the fans going. If this report is true and Wenger spends around £40m, what will he do with the £30m that is left?