Just last week Arsene Wenger began 'preparing his excuses' for a lack of summer signings, in case no major additions materialise, telling Arsenal.com he blames the super-rich French clubs for distorting the market.
He said: "What has changed recently is that in Europe, countries like France have bought some very talented players who would two or three years ago all have come to England. That makes the chase for talent very difficult."
And he's right to a degree even if Arsenal have been better off financially than in any recent period in their history, even boastful about it. Monaco and PSG have been active, with PSG signing Edinson Cavani which triggered Napoli signing Gonzalo Higuain from under Arsenal's noses.
French side PSG are reported to be preparing a €32 million offer for Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio of Benfica.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report: "(An) offer has come to light and PSG entered the race for hiring the Argentinian winger. Salvio is in the sights of several powerful European clubs and the auction for his employment has already reached 32 million euros.
It's unlikely Arsenal will try to compete with PSG who can offer vastly superior wages, and especially not for a winger who is a more expensive option than alternate target, Bernard.
Their priority is also likely to remain a striker, and until the club decide how high they want to push their Luis Suarez offer, bidding the sort of money demanded for Salvio by Benfica is not an option.
Should PSG pursue their credited interest, and it isn't simply agent talk, expect Salvio to be heading to Paris rather than London.
While this case would back Wenger's comments about French clubs dominating the transfer market, is it a valid excuse for a lack of major signings so far?
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