Wenger prepares £59m war-chest for ‘big quartet’ – reports

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Arsene Wenger is preparing for a very busy July, with a combined £59 million to be spent on a list of big names including a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, according to the Islington Gazette.

With the sale of Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri on the cards, along with a £35 million injection from Cesc Fabregas’ sale, Wenger is reportedly ready to spend big in order to end Arsenal’s trophyless run.

Wenger is lining up Ricardo Alvarez as a possible replacement for the departing Cesc Fabregas, and if the transfer falls through, the Arsenal manager will go for Velez Sarsfield for around £12 million.


Juan Mata is also high on Wenger’s transfer list, and while Valencia were hopeful of keeping their star, Arsenal now have the £20 million required to make a bid.

Gary Cahill, worth £17 million, and highly rated target Gervinho at £10 million round out the ‘big quartet’ that Wenger is targeting as the summer wears on.

Wenger revealed yesterday to a French TV station that clubs will start panicking around the end of July and August as they chase their prized targets.

“The market will be more agitated late July, early August, when clubs start to see what they lack and they start to panic,” the Arsenal manager said.

And as July begins, Wenger will reportedly be looking into making some early purchases to beat the rush.

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