Liverpool could create a platform for Arsenal to flex their financial muscles this summer.
Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann with the summer transfer window fast approaching.
Confidence within the Liverpool camp of getting their man is apparently on the low side, with a report we ran last night suggesting that Arsenal are expected to outbid the Merseyside club should they come in for the 23-year-old.
Liverpool could actually do Arsenal a massive favour if they create a bidding war because it will give Arsene Wenger the chance to show he’s ready to grit his teeth and fight for the players he’s interested in.
The Gunners have been long term admirers of the La Liga star but recent indications from Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft suggested that Arsenal are ‘put off’ of going for big money deals when another big side comes into the equation.
Fjortoft claimed that in the case of FC Schalke youngster Julian Draxler, the Gunners were dissuaded from a potential deal for the youngster with the perception they had already lost when Bayern Munich apparently came into the equation to sign him.
What Arsenal fans will be looking for over the summer is a bit of fight and willingness from their manager to ensure that he gets the players and top priority targets that he wants, not put off by the fact Liverpool or Manchester United could go after Griezmann.
Wenger could be entering the transfer market fresh off the back of a new deal and with plenty of cash in the bank, Arsenal are expected to be competitive with their main targets.
The difference is how much they want to fight for a player like Griezmann, who has reportedly doubled in valuation from when the Gunners launched a £12.5 million bid to sign him last winter.
The benefits of being able to fight off the interest from other sides for players like Griezmann are numerous.
Not only would they be getting a very good player, they would be able to demonstrate the power of their financial muscle as well as throwing down markers of intent ahead of next season with every high profile signing who walks through the door.
It should be fascinating to see whether Wenger is ready to fight or whether he’ll be put off all over again as Fjortoft suggested.