The Mirror claims Arsene Wenger is keen on a move for Manchester United target William Carvalho, who could set the club back an up front payment of £24 million.
Carvalho is one of the most versatile midfielders in Europe, capable of pulling the strings in the middle of a side or dropping deeper to protect the defence.
His buy-out clause is worth £35 million but the national daily paper claims Arsenal can use clever tactics to get ahead of United and initially save themselves money in the process.
“Arsenal have been told they will have to splash out at least £24million up front for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho,” reports Darren Lewis.
“But Sporting, who have a buy-out clause in the player’s contract of £35m, want any compromise fee up front.”
In short, that means if Arsenal want to save £11 million early on and beat United to the 22-year-old, they’ll have to pay that fee up front in one go.
Arsenal’s financial position is as solid as any other team in Europe at the moment and the club have a large cash reserve which they can use if Wenger is adamant that he wants the player.
It contradicts the way big money transfers are done slightly, as traditionally a smaller portion is paid up front and the rest of the fee is staggered over further payments to be made across an agreed period.
Arsene Wenger seems to have dropped his policy against big money deals with the signing of Alexis Sanchez backing up a transfer for Mesut Ozil from this time last summer.
The risk Arsenal run in not going for a ‘compromise’ deal is that United’s financial strength is seemingly endless due to their commercial network all over the world, which puts them in a competitive position despite not having Champions League football.
A traditional deal is something that United would more than likely opt for because it gives them options to add players in other positions in the transfer market, allowing them to spread free cash they have right now over more transfers.
Arsenal can be competitive whichever deal they opt for so it’s just down to how much Wenger wants the player.