Yacine Brahimi.

Arsenal interested in £40m-rated Porto winger Yacine Brahimi

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Ten days remain of the transfer window yet Arsene Wenger's total spend is still a meagre £34 million.

When Granit Xhaka arrived to much fanfare in May for £30 million, it was widely expected a summer of spending awaited Arsenal to finally end their wait for Premier League glory.

However, three months on and Wenger finds himself under fire and frustrated after refusing to spend big and instead showing unwarranted faith in players who continually flatter to deceive.


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The Frenchman's sticky situation was made worse still earlier this week when Riyad Mahrez signed a new deal at Leicester City, snubbing a move to the Emirates Stadium in the process.

From that moment, it seemed Arsenal's transfer window was over, bar an increasingly unlikely deal for Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi.

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That might not be the case, though.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are lining up a move for £40 million-rated winger Yacine Brahimi, who reportedly wants out of current club Porto.

The skilful 26-year-old was left out of his side's Champions League qualifier in midweek and will be sold this summer - if the price is right.

Wenger has been alerted to Brahimi's availability and, unsurprisingly, he's very interested.


But as with every transfer rumour involving Arsenal, it's worth taking this one with a pinch of salt considering how every half-decent attacking player in Europe has been linked with a move to north London over the past three months.


Brahimi's £40 million valuation shouldn't act as a deterrent to Wenger, though, after the 66-year-old insisted he isn't scared to splash the cash.

Following his side's goalless draw with Leicester on Saturday, he said: "If we find the right player we will not be reluctant to spend big.

"If I just bought someone for £45m will I have done well? I do not understand why people say I am reluctant.

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"Spending the money itself is not a quality. Spending it to buy they right, top-quality player is the quality."

Clearly, Wenger is growing frustrated with accusations that he and Arsenal are unwilling to use their money on new players.

"I will spend £300m if I find the right player, and we have £300m," he added, "but we also have 600 employees and we need to have a responsible attitude as well.

"I'm a bit fed up saying the same thing when people say we do not want to spend. We analyse everything then make the right signings."

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