With £20 million to spend in January, we look at three players Arsenal could sign under that budget.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Arsene Wenger will be able to add to his Arsenal squad in the winter transfer window, but only with players under the value of £20 million.
The Gunner recruited five new players during the summer including the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, which took their spending to just short of £60 million and that's a pretty big spend given Arsene Wenger's tight pocketed reputation.
Despite the Arsenal Supporters Trust estimating that there should be £40 million available for further additions to the squad, the report claims that the north London club feel differently.
So if you were hoping that Wenger would be signing one of Cavani, Hummels or Julian Draxler in January you might want to think again. Those sort of players are Ozil, Sanchez level signings, all costing way north of £30 million, which the club reportedly do not have available.
So instead here are three players who would suit Arsenal's budget and squad:
Arsenal have been crying out for a player in the mould of Khedira since the days of Invincibles when Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva dominated the middle of the park. Injuries aside, Wenger's midfield is great in most aspects, but defensively they can struggle. They lack a defensive minded powerhouse who will hold that midfield spot and just control the game the way those two legends did.
This is why Sami Khedira would be an ideal option. He would come cheaper than his actual worth because his contract runs out next year, but the main problem though would be the threat of Chelsea, who recently have been credited with a large interest in the German World Cup winner. Surely Arsenal wouldn't just let him slip away without a real fight though, Chelsea already have similar players like Matic and Mikel, whereas Arsenal do not. Other than higher wages, there is little that Chelsea could offer him that Arsenal couldn't match or better.
He was the best defender at the World Cup and has had a decent start this season back at Aston Villa, keeping clean sheets in two of the three league games that he has featured. He may not be as glamorous as the likes of Mats Hummels, or as young, but he is experienced and proven to be relatively solid in the Premier League. Vlaar is your typical defender, he's a powerhouse, who is good in the air and in the tackle.
With Arsenal's injury concerns he would certainly get game time, and the lure of playing in the Champions League might be enough for the Gunners to see off interest from Manchester United. Unfortunately Aston Villa aren't in a great position with him as like Khedira his contract runs out next June too. If he doesn't want to extend that deal they would have little choice but to part with him at a cut price deal in January; reports suggest £4-5 million could be enough to get him.
The Manchester City defender has been out of favour this season with both Mangala and Demichelis preferred as centre-back partners alongside Vincent Kompany. At only 21-year-old Nastasic is still young and maybe a little inexperienced, but he would provide pretty reliable cover for both of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Plus he posses one thing that Arsenal really lack in defence and that is bags of pace.
He has been linked to various clubs in Italy, but should the option of remaining in the Premier League and Champions League arise, you would think he would jump at the chance. City paid Fiorentina £12 million for his services, but Arsenal might be able to snap him up for a little less than that, or even take him on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move if he proves himself.