Arsenal’s most recent Premier League campaign can be looked at as the type of season that has defined the London-based club in recent times: finding a way to get the always coveted Champions League qualification, yet zero trophies.
However, this transfer window has started off in a much different way for The Gunners, as the club appears to be ready to spend big, despite being known as “sellers” after the losses of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in recent seasons.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has come out and stated that Manager Arsene Wenger will have money to spend on “top talent,” as the club is keen to add to an already potent attack featuring Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, and Theo Walcott.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal has £70 million to work with and will look to spend a large chunk of that on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Rooney looks like he could leave the Red Devils after a rough season that included a falling out with outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson after being benched for a crucial Champions League match against Real Madrid. The hiring of Rooney’s old Everton boss, David Moyes, has done little to ease tensions between player and club.
Rooney would certainly bolster the Gunners’ attack, as the England International has developed a reputation as one of the world’s top forwards. Rooney has scored 50 goals in all competitions the past two seasons, which would be a welcomed addition to virtually any club with Champions League ambitions.
Arsenal are also keen on Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, who the Spanish giants value at roughly £20 million, according to the Daily Mirror. Higuain, who has also drawn interest from Italian champions Juventus, has scored 122 goals in 266 appearances for Madrid, and the Argentine is the top scorer in CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying.
The player has also gone on record to say that an Arsenal switch would “suit” him, while his father has admitted that contact has been made with the London club. Higuain would add another dimension of speed and a knack for goal scoring to the Arsenal front line.
Arsenal are also looking to add Everton’s Marouane Fellaini to their midfield, as the big-haired Belgian could partner with Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta to power Arsenal’s midfield. According to a Goal.com report, Arsenal are likely to activate Fellaini’s release clause, which is valued at £22 million, but face competition from fellow Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United, who now feature Fellaini’s former Everton manager Moyes. Everton have admitted that they are open to offers for Fellaini, who is looking to play in the Champions League.
Overall, Arsenal look to be ready to spend, as it appears the club has grown tired of trophy-less campaigns. With these three players, as well as other targets such as Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Fiorentina’s Stefan Jovetic, Arsenal will be buyers in this year’s summer transfer window, as the club appears to be on the cusp of England's, and the world’s, elite.
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