Arsene Wenger is ready to start a 'new project' and has lined up three players to kick start a new era of dominance at Emirates Stadium.
According to Catalan newspaper Sport, the Arsenal manager has held talks over Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas ahead of a possible move this summer. The report also claims Wenger sees Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech as the two other names to get the 'project' off the ground.
Fabregas made his name at Arsenal under Wenger after moving to the north London club from the Barcelona academy as a teenager for greater chances of first team football, before returning 'home' in 2011. The 27-year-old's return to the Catalan club has not turned out as he hoped, however, and he has been the subject of criticism from fans at Camp Nou, as well as numerous reports claiming the club are ready to cash in on him.
The report also claims that Wenger has his eye on Croatia international Mandzukic, who looks certain to be leaving Bayern Munich this summer after falling out with Pep Guardiola. The manager of the Bundesliga champions left him out of the squad for their German Cup final triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
More surprisingly, perhaps, is the suggestion that the Gunners' French boss wants to make a move for Chelsea number one Cech, which would be a controversial transfer to say the least. Behind this could be the future of Thibaut Courtois, who has spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, and whether Blues boss Jose Mourinho has decided to make him the first choice at Stamford Bridge next season.
This 'new project' relates to comments made by Wenger after he signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal at the weekend, where he made comments suggesting the Gunners' new spending power would really kick in this summer. He spoke about creating a new great Arsenal team and confirmed fans of the club could expect a big summer in the transfer market.
Building on the success of winning the FA Cup this year to end a nine-season spell without silverware is key, according to Wenger, and he insisted the club must make the most of the momentum.