Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is reportedly interested in joining Arsenal this summer, but the Gunners are said to be reluctant to sign the 25-year-old for a high price, according to the Daily Mail.
So, is Arsene Wenger willing to spend or not?
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis just said that Arsenal would spend big money this summer, but only on top-notch players, per ESPNFC.com.
What's Arsenal's excuse now?
Fellaini is a top-notch player. He's an aggressive defender, an excellent passer and a serious aerial threat. Of course, he also comes complete with a release clause priced at £23 million, per the Daily Mail report.
But even if Arsenal has to break the bank for Fellaini, it should. Fellaini was one of the top players in the Premier League this past season. His 11 goals and five assists in 31 starts for Everton only begin to exemplify the impact he had on the pitch.
And while Fellaini has enjoyed most his success in an advanced role (which wouldn't fit Arsenal), the Belgian said last season, via Goal.com, "I prefer defensive midfield because I know my job when I play there."
Fellaini may be more equipped in an advanced role, but there's no question he has the defensive ability to make the transition to defensive midfield. You also know he will be committed to play wherever Arsenal puts him.
The question is, how serious is Wenger about spending money? He continues to assure that he will spend the money necessary to improve Arsenal's roster this summer, but, then again, when reports like this come out, you wonder how committed he really is.
The Gunners are coming off a superb finish to the 2012-13 campaign that netted them a top-four finish in the EPL. That being said, what is the goal for Arsenal, a top-four finish or an EPL title?
If Arsenal wants an EPL title, it's going to have to stray from Wenger's blueprint throughout the years, which has been to develop talent instead of paying big money for established stars. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Hopefully, for Arsenal's sake, Wenger has finally decided to at least tweak his philosophy.
Arsenal hasn't won the Premier League championship since the 2003-04 campaign, but it's had one second-place finish and three third-place finishes since then. It's time for the Gunners to seriously go about winning another title. Signing Fellaini, no matter the price, would be a step in the right direction.