Arsenal have been linked with breaking their transfer record this month, what are their options?
Various reports have credited Arsenal with a willingness to break their transfer record, by offering up to £30 million for a star striker. Pragmatists may not expect it to happen, but the club do have funds at their disposal.
Arsene Wenger yesterday admitted his admiration for Edinson Cavani, valued at £30 million - But there are serious reservations over whether the vast sum could even secure the Uruguayan - Napoli want closer to £45 million and would rather entice Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid into a bidding war for his services if they did decide to sell a player who signed a new contract only last August.
So who could Arsenal get to lead their attack for £30 million? Here is a look at five of their options...
The Bayern Munich hitman - who scored freely last season, 44 goals in total - has been reduced to a bit-part role at the club this season, partly due to an early injury, and also because of the superb form of summer signing Mario Mandzukic. He has been linked with a switch to Chelsea, and is 'the right age' at 27, and adding another German to play with Lukas Podolski is not likely to be a bad move. Bayern could look to cash in on a player who is no longer a regular starter, and free up extra funds for new boss Pep Guardiola to spend next summer.
Real Madrid are likely in for an overhaul this summer, and Argentina striker Higuain is one of the names expected to be on the list. He has been rotated in and out of the side for the last one-and-a half seasons, and is unlikely to move anywhere else in La Liga. A switch abroad is his likeliest bet, and Arsenal would do well to tempt him. Despite quotations above the figure, £30 million should be enough to sign on a player Madrid are happy enough to move on, so they can bring in a new face themselves.
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scored at the Emirates last weekend, could it become a regular occurence? His time in and out of the City side is well-documented, and he only started against the Gunners because of Sergio Aguero's injury. The Bosnian isn't likely to put up with it for too much longer, and is regularly linked with a move away from the club. Arsenal could turn the tables on City by bringing him to the club, and offering him what he lacks at the Etihad; first team football.
Dortmund's Polish striker could be up for sale this summer because his contract expires in 2014, and he is believed to want a new challenge. Manchester United have been regularly linked with his signature despite their multitude of options in attack, but Arsenal supporters would love to get one over on the team that bought Robin van Persie from them. Lewandowski is 24, and has it all, can score from either foot or with his head, and at Arsenal he could become an all-time great.
How would this be for a fantastic signing?! Well in truth it could go either way, but what entertainment it would be for all of us. The second City striker on this list, Roberto Mancini would probably welcome an offer from Arsenal, somebody willing to take the maverick forward off their hands. Balotelli has had his troubles, but his potential is so exciting; what other 22-year-old can say they have scored a brace in a European Championship semi-final, against Germany no less. Whether Wenger needs the headache at this stage of his management career is questionable, but it could be a stroke of genius.
Who would you like to see Arsenal spend £30 million on?