Arsene Wenger may be about to do his bit for the German economy, as it has been reported that he will spend the whole of the Arsenal transfer kitty on three players from the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze of the current champions Borussia Dortmund and Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen are the three players linked with a summer move to the Emirates, but is Wenger really ready to break the habit of a lifetime and pay top dollar?
The Polish international striker Lewandowski is a real class act, and I think he would be a fantastic signing for the Gunners. The price tag is likely to be around £20-£25 million, although the 24-year old will be in the last year of his contract. The reason for that is that there will be a number of clubs chasing the striker, including Manchester United apparently. Arsenal may need to smash the current wage structure to get him.
The same could be said of the 20-year old German international Gotze, who plays as a winger or an attacking midfielder and is one of most exciting young talents in world football. His contract at Dortmund apparently includes a release clause of around £30 million but that does not mean that Gotze would agree to the transfer.
23-year old Bender is a more defensively minded player who has played over 100 games for Leverkusen at the top level and won 12 senior caps for Germany. His value of around £15 million would mean the whole of Wenger’s reported war chest was gone, but we would then be left with just three centre backs and no new keeper.
If the story is true, Wenger must be planning to sell a few of the current squad to free up money for wages and at least another defender. It goes without saying that failure to secure Champions League football will make the signing of these three players almost impossible, but even if, or when, we do I doubt that Wenger would spend everything on those three. I am all for Lewandowski, but we have plenty of talent in midfield already. We need a defensive midfielder and a top quality centre back first. Do you agree?