We have been freed from our financial shackles in recent seasons, with Wenger given the power to sign players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil. Lord Harris claims we are looking to make yet another marquee signing this summer, but insists that the calibre of player we are after isn’t necessarily available.
The director told Sportsmail that we have the money to sign almost any player – with the exception of a few “un-buyable” players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – with the money set to flow after we successfully navigated a difficult economic period.
“Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,” said Harris (via the Daily Mail).
“We could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are un-buyable. In the accounts, there’s over £200million in the bank. You could say to Arsene we’ve got no money and he wouldn’t worry, or you could give him £100m and he might not spend it.
“At the moment there are no plans to sign anyone, unless he finds a real superstar like Mesut Özil or Alexis Sanchez. He’s looking for one of those but there aren’t many available. We would back him to break the club’s transfer record. If he wanted the man, he could have him. Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he could have any player. We will probably have to break the club record to get the man he wants.”
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As the report suggests, we have recently been linked with a blockbuster move for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. It’s unclear whether Madrid would be willing to do a deal, but we would certainly have to splash the cash if we wanted to lure him away from the Bernabeu.
“We get a list of the players that Wenger wants,” Harris continued.
“On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is. You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.”
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It would be fantastic to see Benzema arrive at the club, but so far there is no suggestion that a move is even possible. We also may be forced to wait until the dying days of the transfer window in order to see any movement from Wenger, as the Frenchman loves to leave his business late.
We are still arguably a marquee signing or two away from challenging for the highest honours, so hopefully Wenger opens up his chequebook and spends some of that £200m.