Arsenal are ready to back Arsene Wenger in the transfer window this summer and will give the green light for two transfers that could end up totalling as much as £30million.
According to the Sun on Sunday, the Gunners boss has earmarked Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama as an ideal addition to the midfield, which has been in need of a bit more steel in front fog the back four.
Wanyama would, says the report, cost in the region of £20million, while striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is more in the £10million bracket – an affordable boost to Arsenal’s striking options.
The 20-year-old Anderlecht star has been in good form so far this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions – including one at Emirates Stadium. The young Serb scored the equaliser as Arsenal threw away a 3-0 lead on a disastrous night that damaged their hopes of topping their Champions League group.
Southampton’s impressive form this season has had a lot to do with Wanyama’s performances; the Kenyan has been a rock in front of Ronald Koeman’s defence, his strength and athleticism making him a very effecting defensive midfielder.
However, the Gunners have also been linked with a swoop for his Siants teammate and midfielder partner Morgan Schneiderlin, who would probably be the better option of the two. Few can match Wanyama for strength, but his French colleague is the more rounded midfielder.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Mitrovic is an exciting prospect – the report claims he has been compared to Didier Drogba – but there is a legitimate question as to whether Wenger really needs another striker.
Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott can all play the role of centre-forward, while youngster Chuba Akpom is highly rated and waiting for his opportunity to get a run in the first team at some point.