With Arsenal seeking reinforcements, the club have already set their sights on Southampton, Swansea City and Manchester City's players.
Arsenal’s quest for summer recruits will soon kick-start, if reports are to be believed. The club have been linked with a swoop for three Premier League players, all of whom have proven themselves at the highest level of top flight football.
With Arsene Wenger set to be handed a transfer war chest of around £70m, the club have highlighted their main targets, even at this early stage. Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin are the trio at the top of the Frenchman’s wish list.
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is likely to find himself at the forefront of Arsenal’s plans, with Wenger looking to bring in much needed attacking additions. The Ivorian would be the ideal signing for the Gunners, who, despite Olivier Giroud’s impressive scoring form, remain discontented by their current forward options.
Bony has proven his ability throughout his debut Premier League season and he could be the man to solve such anguish, having scored an impressive 25 goals in his debut season at the Liberty Stadium. Wenger has scouted the 25-year-old on a number of occasions this term and is ready to offer up to £20m for his signature.
With Bacary Sagna set to leave his post as the Gunners’ first team right-back, Manchester City’s Micah Richards is being coveted as an ideal replacement.
Having made just two appearances all season, Richards’ future at the Etihad looks bleak. Following a career hampered largely by injury, the Englishman could look to re-ignite his prospects with a move to North London. Wenger could be willing to fork out £8m for the City man, who is also adept as a central defender.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is the final player of Wenger’s current wish list. The Frenchman would certainly add a new level of grit to the current side’s midfield. He is a strong and energetic player and the club could do much worse than targeting him as a successor for compatriot Mathieu Flamini. According to the report, Arsenal are willing to offer up to £12m for his services.
While all three players would make for positive additions to the Arsenal squad, none can be considered the world class signings that the fans are really after. Of course, the aforementioned targets would go down as £40m well spent, yet Wenger would still be expected to delve further into the club’s allocated budget.