Big-Money Buys Still on Arsenal's Radar
Arsenal have already had their most productive and high-spending transfer window in recent memory, and it's not even August!
There is still plenty of time for the club to make the one or two more moves they need to really solidify themselves as a genuine title contender. The squad have a lot of depth, but reliable Twitter users like @GeoffArsenal are saying that Arsene Wenger is not done yet.
Will it be an absolute dream summer for the club and their fans? We'll speculate by looking at three expensive players with whom the club have been linked by the press in recent days.
Though new boy Calum Chambers can play defensive midfielder if forced to, Arsenal still have not fixed one of their biggest problems by signing a true defensive midfielder.
The club have thus been consistently linked with William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon recently. After Sporting initially demanded nothing less than his £35 million release clause, it appears, according to ESPN, that they are more receptive to a £24 million fee.
That is still a lot of money, considering that Arsenal have already spent about £50 million during this transfer window (and their transfer record at this time last year was £16 million). But Carvalho is only 22, so his upside might be worth it.
This link does not seem credible for multiple reasons: Specious sources are reporting it, and it is supported by highly specious logic. Nevertheless, multiple outlets, such as Inside Futbol (h/t Metro), claim that Arsenal are set to table a £15.8 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Douglas Costa.
It makes sense for Costa to want to get out of war-torn Eastern Ukraine, but Arsenal are far from the ideal destination. He is an attacking midfielder, and God knows Arsenal are well-stocked with those.
So discredit the rumors but know that there have been crazier ones.
Khedira to Arsenal is the rumor that just won't go away.
The move initially fell through because Khedira's wage demands were through the roof. Yet, according to Metro, Khedira has lowered his wage request to a paltry £134,000 per week. This is still an enormous amount of money for Arsenal to pay a player, and it would amount to about €9 million per year.
Considering the amount of money Arsenal have spent during this transfer window and the fact that Khedira's salary would upset Arsenal's wage structure, this move seems like a no-go, as fantastic as it would be for footballing reasons.