Arsenal are poised to make a sensational triple swoop for Edinson Cavani, Marco Reus and Sami Khedira before the transfer window closes on September 1.
This is according to the Express - and brought to our attention by the Metro - who claim Wenger could blow the rest of his transfer budget by shelling out an estimated £103 million on the world-class trio.
Arsenal would need to smash their transfer record in order to bring Paris Saint-Germain star Cavani, who is also wanted by Chelsea, to the Emirates Stadium. The 27-year-old’s asking price is believed to be around the £51 million-mark, although the French champions could be willing to negotiate a more reasonable fee with the Gunners if they land their top transfer target, Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria.
Reus would cost around £28 million to sign from Borussia Dortmund. The Germany international has a £19.7 million release clause inserted in his contract; however, that does not become active until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
A host of clubs, including Manchester United and Barcelona, are believed to be keen on securing the 25-year-old’s services this summer. Reports from Spain, however, claim La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are on the brink of striking a deal for the Bundesliga star - so Wenger will need to act quickly in order to sign him.
Real Madrid holding midfielder Khedira, meanwhile, would cost a reported £24 million to sign. The German World Cup winner is seen by many Arsenal supporters as the missing piece in the Gunners’ jigsaw because of his ability to effectively shield a back four.
Khedira would be a significant upgrade on Arsenal’s current defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, although he would also be taking the first-team place of club captain Mikel Arteta, who received the armband following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen earlier this month.
Flamini and Podolski to leave?
Flamini could be one of those sold by Wenger, in order to help balance the books, if the superstar trio arrive at the Emirates Stadium over the next two weeks.
Another Arsenal player likely to be sold, according to the same report, is German forward Lukas Podolski. It’s believed that Turkish giants Galatasaray are one of the clubs keen to sign the the 29-year-old, who joined the Gunners back in 2012 but has only managed to show glimpses of his best form in north London.
Arsenal head into the season expected to challenge for third place - along with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton - but signing these three players would instantly make them Premier League title favourites ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.