The word coming out of the Arsenal camp is that Arsene Wenger will be given a massive war chest this summer.
The sum mooted is £100million, and with many players rumoured to be on the move this summer, Gunners fans will demand that Wenger get involved in the madness.
Many supporters believe a striker should be Arsenal’s main target, while many other parts of the squad could use some investment as well.
Wenger would do well to invest those funds in players that will make Arsenal a title contender once again.
I have compiled a list of targets to which Arsenal should invest the £100million.
Diego Costa (£30-35m)
The Atletico Madrid man is wanted by many top clubs across Europe and won’t come easily. He has a release clause that is believed to be around £30-35million, a fee which could rise should multiple clubs enter a bidding war.
Wenger should be willing to go as high as £40-45 million to get the player, as he would significantly boost our attacking options.
The man has been in blistering form this season, scoring 32 goals and leading Atletico’s charge for a first La Liga title in 18 years.
Edinson Cavani (£40-45m)
Cavani is less likely to depart PSG despite announcing his displeasure with PSG’s tactics. Cavani is deployed mainly on the wing, and the Uruguayan admits it is not his preferred position.
He hinted at a move in the summer, and admitted that he likes the Premier League, however it is unlikely that PSG will allow the player to leave one season after he joined the club.
Wenger should put in a substantial bid to test the French club’s resolve, should he fail to sign Costa.
Alternatives - Loic Remy and Christian Benteke
A more pragmatic approach for Wenger would be to invest the same amount of money to sign two players instead of one. For £30-45million, Wenger could very well pull off a double coup for both Remy and Benteke.
Both are proven Premier League goalscorers and would love to try their hand at a big club. Remy has struck 13 goals in 23 games for Newcastle while on loan from QPR and would add some much needed pace to our forward line.
At 27, he would provide a long term option as well and could add a different option to Olivier Giroud. A fee of £8-10 million is said to be enough to prize Remy away, which is a bit of a bargain and more than manageable for Arsenal.
Benteke has scored 34 goals in 67 appearances for Aston Villa and is even younger at the age of 23. He would command a much higher price however as Aston Villa would be reluctant to let go of their talisman.
A fee of £20-25million and rising might be required to prize the Belgium international.
Remaining balance (roughly): £50-55million
Julian Draxler (£37m)
We nearly signed Draxler in January and I suspect Wenger will go back in for the player in the summer. Schalke were reluctant to release the player in mid season, but can do little to stop the player in the summer should he decide to move on.
The price tag being mooted is around £37million, and Arsenal should do everything in their power to secure this signing. Draxler can play anywhere in midfield and also possesses impressive finishing ability.
It is believed Wenger wants to transform the player into a centre forward. He would add much needed depth to our attacking options and link with fellow Germans Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker.
Lars Bender (£10-15m)
Much is made about our ageing defensive midfield duo of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. Bender is a name thrown around to lead a younger fresher overhaul.
Often overshadowed by his twin brother Sven, Lars Bender is a quality midfielder. Intelligent, disciplined, and strong in the tackle, Bender would make a great addition to our midfield.
With Leverkusen struggling both on the field and financially, prizing the player away shouldn’t be too difficult.
Alternatives: Yann M’vila (£8-10m), Maxime Gonalons (£8-10m)
Remaining balance (roughly): £10-15million
Matthias Ginter (£7m)
The young German is a stonewall, and definitely worth the investment. Strong, quick, and good in the air, Ginter would be perfect backup to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and would make a long term option as well at the age of 20.
Freiburg would have a hard time standing in his way, and his transfer should be fairly straight forward should Arsenal push through a move.
Alternatives: Omar Toprak (£8-10m), Micah Richards (£10m), Ashley Williams (£10m)
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