Arsene Wenger says that this summer’s World Cup will have an impact on the transfer business the club will do.
The tournament in Brazil will see most of the world’s top players in action, and that will hamper efforts to reinforce the squad. Quoted in the Mirror, the Arsenal manager said, “From my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable.
“Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away. I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.
“You are not the only one who decides when the business is done because it’s down to availability of players and the clubs who sell decide that.”
But he did say expects to be active in the market once things get going, and is keen on retaining as many of the current squad as possible.
“It will be busy,” he said, “but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close. We want to add something that makes us even stronger, but, number wise, it will not be massive.”