Arsenal are reportedly set to stun Europe with a mammoth £70million spending spree that will see bids made for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender.
After years of financial frugality the move could see Arsenal catapulted back into the hunt for major trophies at a stroke, but years of false promise will mean that Gunners’ fans are rightly wary of reports suggesting such a large outlay on players.
Higuain is set to leave Real Madrid after failing to nail down a starting place in recent seasons, with Juventus likely to be Arsenal’s biggest rivals for the Argentine.
Gundogan shone in Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final, but is only likely to leave the German club if a massive bid comes in, as they have already sold Mario Gotze this summer, with Robert Lewandowski likely to also leave.
Lars Bender might be a more realistic target, and would probably cost around £17million. The defensive midfielder was close to a move to Bayern Munich last season, but has said recently he is happy at Leverkusen.
Roberto Martinez has indicated that he expects Marouane Fellaini to stay at Everton this summer, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. However Everton’s new boss might have little say in the matter if either club meets Fellaini’s reported £22million release fee.
Arsenal might be preparing to offload Gervinho to Galatasaray this summer, with the Turkish side apparently ready to offer £12million for the Ivorian. Given that Arsenal paid just under £11million for Gervinho, who has hardly set the world alight at the Emirates, it might be optimistic to expect such a high transfer fee this summer.
Aston Villa are set to open talks with Christian Benteke regarding a new contract, in an attempt to stave off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the 22-year-old striker.
Benteke enjoyed an exceptional debut season in the Premier League, and has been linked with a £25million move this summer, but Villa hope that doubling his current £20,000 a week wages might convince the Belgian to stay for another year at least.
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