According to the Daily Star, Arsene Wenger has plans for Arsenal to sign five widely sought after stars of European football in an attempt to fight for the Premier League title.
Wenger has already added Granit Xhaka for £30m from Borussia Mönchengladbach, but according to the newspaper, the Frenchman has been given the green light to begin what would be Wenger’s largest ever spending spree in his tenure at the club.
Some of these alleged targets seem a bit too optimistic to us!
Firstly, the London club are linked with Borussia Dortmund’s dynamic duo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus. Links with Aubameyang may not be completely unfounded, as German bookmaker Bwin slashed the odds on the Gabon international’s potential move to Arsenal last week.
And with Marco Reus missing out on Euro 2016 through injury, naturally fewer clubs are interested in his signature, although the ex-Gladbach wide man is still one of Europe’s most renowned wingers.
Next on Arsene Wenger’s wishlist is Athletic Bilbao’s sensational centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
The Frenchman is another who, like Reus, missed out on Euro 2016 through injury.
Laporte, 22, suffered a horrific broken leg and dislocated ankle in a U21 match for France against Scotland in March, but had been outstanding for the Basque outfit.
Athletic are keen for their homegrown talent to stay in Spain but Laporte has a £40m release clause, which could very well be met by Arsenal, who are in dire need of a partner for Laurent Koscielny.
Their alternative targets are Ezequiel Garay and Kalidou Koulibaly, but Garay is 29-years-old and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis could block a move away for Koulibaly.
A largely ambitious move for Bayern Munich’s utility man David Alaba has also been touted.
We really feel the Daily Star pushed the boat out for this one, as Alaba signed a new three-year contract with Bayern Munich in March to tie him to the club until 2021. However, Arsenal fans will be excited to know that club legend Patrick Viera is Alaba’s idol, and also revealed himself to be a Gooners fan in the past in Metro.
‘What a player! He inspired me through his presence, his style of play, his strong personality. I was a fan of Arsenal, who dominated everything around 10 years ago.
‘I only had eyes for Vieira. Our styles don’t resemble each other particularly but in this position he’s an example, notably in his way of imposing himself in duel.’
Alaba is also reported to have a £40m release clause, but with Pep Guardiola gone, Carlo Ancelotti could view him as surplus to requirements. However, considering his versatility, that is extremely unlikely.
Finally, the final target we bring to you is probably the most likely transfer to Arsenal. Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante had a tremendous debut season in the Premier League, winning the title and becoming the lynchpin of the Foxes side, and Wenger is very aware of his quality.
Wenger told beIN Sports: ‘Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.
‘We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.
‘If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play [for France] you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.
‘I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team.’
Wenger’s comments did anything but rule out a move for the former Caen man, who cost Leicester just £5.6m.
All in all, these reported targets would all fit into Arsenal’s system, without a doubt being terrific potential signings, but such a transfer splurge would cost the club in excess of £250m.
However, with all the money being pumped into the Premier League, do not be surprised to see one or more of these stars in Arsenal colours come to the beginning of the season!
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