Arsenal Transfer News: Strong Finish to Season Will Set Up Summer Spending Spree

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 16:   Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to kick off during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made one thing abundantly clear about the Gunners' plans for the summer—he'll be willing to open up the club's pocketbook. 

According to a report from The Mirror, Wenger will have a budget of around £70-million at his disposal. Looking at the names that have been linked to the team, he may be forced to use every last bit of it. 

The club has been linked to accomplished Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. The 23-year-old is the perfect attacking forward that would boost the team's offensive capabilities and they should have enough money to bring him into the fold. 

However, when it comes to luring in top talent, it isn't all about the money. Wenger understands that he must provide the opportunity for the new additions to shine on the biggest stage. That means proving that the club can win now by qualifying for the Champions League. 

Jovetic isn't the only big name the Gunners will attempt to add in the summer. After middling results this year, Wenger will want to bolster the lineup in a few different areas. Targets like Daryl Janmaat and Victor Valdes have also been linked to Arsenal. 

Targets like Valdez are only going to want to come to Arsenal if it means playing Champions League football, though. The Barcelona goal keeper reportedly has a massive offer from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to become the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world (h/t The Mirror). 

As deep as Wenger's pockets will be this summer, he can't keep up with that kind of bidding. The opportunity to compete in the Champions League would certainly help whenever he goes to the negotiating table. 

As it stands, the Gunners are in need of a strong finish to qualify for Champions League next season. They stand just two points behind Chelsea for fourth place and four points behind third-place Tottenham. 

With the final stretch of the season approaching, every match comes with the pressure to move up the table. It could mean big things for the Gunners next summer and beyond.