One of Arsenal’s directors, Lord Harris of Peckham, has bizarrely gone public on what Arsene Wenger wants to do in the transfer market between now and the close of the window.
He says the Arsenal manager is after a specific, but unnamed centre-forward, and he says the club have the resources to buy almost any player in the world if they wanted.
The comments, which are sure to go down like a Guinness fart in a lift, were made to the Daily Mail, and back-up the general sense that if any further additions are going to be made they’re going to be players at the upper echelons of the market.
“‘On the list is a centre forward,” he said, “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
“At the moment there are no plans to sign anyone,” he continued, “unless he finds a real superstar like Mesut Ozil 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.”
And on the club’s potential to do those kind of deals, he said, “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.”
The only spending thus far has been the £11m on Petr Cech.
“He wanted a top goalie,” said Harris, “so we went out and got him. Since Jens Lehmann or David Seaman, we’ve not really had a world-class goalie. We made enquiries about Cech last summer but Chelsea couldn’t sell him because they didn’t know how Courtois was going to settle in.”
So there you go. No doubt the manager will be delighted to have his transfer plans broadcast to the world, but football throws up some unexpected challenges sometimes.