Arsenal fan Piers Morgan has come out with a bold claim regarding Arsenal's finances, and argues Liverpool's Luis Suarez should still be their number one goal.
How well connected is the Arsenal fan who divides opinion like no other?
CNN host Piers Morgan yesterday made the quite sensational claim on Twitter that his 'sources' at the club have informed him Arsenal have £200 million to spend.
He made the comments during Liverpool's loss to Hull, stating given the choice he would spend half of that huge pot on Luis Suarez.
I'm reliably told Wenger has £200m to spend - I would pay half that for Suarez. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 1, 2013
Liverpool would have to sell Suarez if we offered £100m. And if we want to win trophies, we need a striker of that calibre/age. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 1, 2013
Morgan owns four season tickets at Arsenal, and is evidently well connected in the celebrity world, but whether that has any bearing on any sources within the Arsenal boardroom is debatable. On a personal level, you would imagine the club's hierarchy want to keep him well at arm's length.
Arsenal's finances are healthy, agreeing in May a £170 million kit manufacturing deal with Puma, added to the £150 million kit sponsorship deal with the Emirates.
How much of that is readily available to spend on players is another matter, as the money is designed by it's nature to be spread out over a number of years.
Arsenal smashed their transfer record in the summer to buy Mesut Ozil for £42.4 million, but suggestions the club would spend nearly two-and-a-half times that on Luis Suarez is a long-shot at best considering the Gunners only went £1 over £40 million in the summer.
If Arsenal do have a pot of cash, we expect them to use it sparingly in January, with Arsene Wenger already commenting he does not expect clubs to sell their 'big strikers'. In the case of Suarez it's a non-starter, Liverpool will not even consider letting the Uruguayan depart until next summer.
If they do have serious money to spend, expect it to be next summer. Having bought Mesut Ozil, the German could be a catalyst for further players of his calibre.
Morgan's claims may be from a well-placed source within the club, or they could be pure fantasy on his part, but we don't see the Gunners choosing to blow half of it on Suarez like he suggests, surely.
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