Arsene Wenger will already be mulling over how he can spend a reported £20 million budget at Arsenal.
Reports this morning suggest Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has £20 million to spend in the January transfer market, which creates the obvious question of; who can Arsenal afford with that cash?
The priority for Wenger appears to be a centre-back with the side’s defensive frailties exposed in recent games where experienced defender Laurent Koscielny hasn’t been available.
Considering some of the modern fees which exchange hands in the current transfer market, it’s easy to see how Wenger could spend the cash on one player so how does it set them up in relation of potentially getting defensive targets who may be available?
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
Hummels would be a top quality addition to the Arsenal back four but he has a reported value of around £32 million.
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand suggested last August that Varane could cost up to £70 million. He’s one of Real Madrid’s best young players but is frequently linked with moves away from the Bernabeu.
Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Recent reports have suggested a fee of between £10-13 million for Smalling, which makes him the most likely target for Arsenal if reports of their £20 million budget are accurate.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
Vlaar is also within Arsenal’s price range at a reported cost of around £12 million. However, Manchester United are also thought to be interested and they proved how competitive they can be in the transfer market last summer.
Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Pique has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, with reports of a £23.6 million fee, which Arsenal could stretch to if they needed to based on a £20 million budget. However, that is based on a little leniency from club officials.
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town)
Mings has been linked with a £10 million move to Arsenal from Ipswich Town as freshly as this morning. However, if it came down toi a choice between him and Smalling, the United man would get the nod because of his quality and experience at centre back.