Arsenal were rumored to be in line for a massive five player £55 million summer spending spree for five new players in order to help convince star striker Robin Van Persie not to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
The Daily Mirror claims that no matter what the Dutch attacker will not be sold, but we have heard that about important players before and they have still moved on.
Despite the rumors from TalkSport that the Gunners planned targets for the summer are: Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud at £17 million. Belgian side Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia is next at £6.6 million, Youssef Msakni from Esperance for £2.5 million, Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen for £10 million and lastly FC Porto’s £18 million rated Uruguayan wing back Alvaro Pereira.
However, it now looks like that massive war chest could be used for the funding of only two major transfers.
The first signing is thought to be the addition of Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze. The 19-year-old Germany sensation has been labeled the Lionel Messi of his nation’s young generation and is one of the most promising prospects in European football. His level of value is right in line with that of Tottenham target Eden Hazard.
Goetze would be continuing the youth buying policy for Wenger but at an estimated £35 million transfer valuation according to TalkSport there is belief that his is definitely a high profile signing that the club and fans would approve of for the future.
Wenger also plans to add to the experience and talent of Goetze’s fellow German international Lukas Podolski. The former Bayern Munich forward returned to his home town club of FC Cologne several seasons ago after failing to make an impact for the Bavarian side in the Bundesliga.
While his international career with Germany took off in his early 20’s Podolski’s German league career was nothing but season after season of frustration until the last year when he fired 13 goals for Cologne in 2010-11.
The 26-year-old looks to finally have found his form in the league as he leads his club with 15 goals in the Bundesliga already eclipsing his total of last season and is tied with the second highest total in the league as well as contributing another four assists which ties his total in that category from last season.
In what has been his career season he is now being linked with a £20 million transfer to Arsenal. The versatile forward can play as a lead striker, center forward or on the left side and would give the Gunners all the more options up front to support Van Persie.