Posted on Sunday, 7th October 2012 by Tony Merakli
Arsene Wenger will have around £35 million-plus to spend on new players this January. This was recently confirmed by our chairman Peter Hill-Wood:
‘If Arsene wants to use that money during the winter window then, absolutely, he will be able to do it. We rely on him to come up with the right people and there will be funds available to him.’
He went on to say:
‘We have been very pleased with the start. But if the manager wants to reinforce the squad in January, he will be able to do that.
‘The financial results were good and we want to put that money to use if Arsene decides he wants more players.’
Undoubtedly great news for us and Wenger, and perhaps this is just a whined up and an attempt to get us all excited by the Sunday tabloid, but they reckon the Frenchman will use the entirety of the hefty sum to lure wanted Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
Chelsea and Paris St Germain are thought to be interested in the Atletico Madrid forward, who is believed to have a £48.5 million buy-out clause in his existing contract. However, this could ostensibly drop due to Spain’s financial crisis.
Interested Premier League clubs will be encouraged to keep an eye on the 26-year-old after he recently revealed his admiration for the English game, and hints he could make a move to England in the future:
‘England? One day, I could go. It is a game I have watched for a long time and one day I would like to sample it. I think I could adapt to England. I think I could score goals.’
Now let’s just say his buy-out clause drops to £30-35 million, the question is: can you actually see Wenger spend this amount of cash on one player? Not if history is anything to go by, that’s for sure. We could easily afford his wages; it’s just the parting of transfer fees that worries me a little.
Do we actually stand a chance in acquiring his services if he was put up for sale? Yes, I think so.
Falcao doesn’t look like a player who is driven by money – his move from Porto to Atletico Madrid, when other big European clubs were chasing him at the time, suggests this. So why not try and lure him to The Emirates.
I would love to see him come in and strengthen out attack. He is a proven striker and firstly a goal-poacher, something we could certainly do with as we look to bag ourselves some silverware this season. And for these reasons I truly hope and encourage Wenger to step up to the plate and go all out for Falcao this January.
Appease the fans and break the trophy duck this season AW.
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