Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed again that Arsene Wenger has significant funds available this summer to strengthen the squad. This does not just include a £70million transfer kitty, but extra money for wages, with Arsenal’s famously tight structure so far stopping them competing with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
However even with this extra cash, Arsenal might have to watch two of their most high profile transfer targets this summer head to Manchester United instead, with the Daily Mail suggesting that both Robert Lewandowski and Cesc Fabregas have indicated they would consider a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Lewandowski was expected to move to Bayern Munich, but Borussia Dortmund have made it clear they will not sell another star to their Bundesliga rivals after seeing Mario Gotze make the move to the Champions League winners this summer. The Polish striker could cost around £25.5.million.
Meanwhile Arsenal do apparently have first refusal on Fabregas should he leave Barcelona, but Manchester United are confident they can lure the 26-year-old to them over his former club, with former player Denis Irwin claiming that the Spain international is David Moyes’ top target this summer.
Both players are reportedly keen on a move to England, but these moves are a long way from being completed, and it is still more than likely that neither will end up at Manchester United this summer.
Lyon’s Clement Grenier has said he has yet to make a decision about his future at the French club amid reported interest from Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has recently praised the player, saying that Grenier reminded him of Samir Nasri, and admitted Arsenal were tracking him. Grenier is expected to make a decision in the next week and a half, with Arsenal likely to be frontrunners for his signature if he does decide to leave Lyon.
The 22-year-old midfielder enjoyed an excellent season for Lyon, scoring seven and setting up six goals in 28 league appearances, and recently made his debut for the senior French international team.
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