Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a massive summer transfer kitty, according to club director Lord Harris.
The Gunners have been linked with a big-money move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, and Lord Harris has told The Daily Mail that the club has over £200m in the bank ready to spend.
Harris admitted the building of the Emirates Stadium had held the club back in the transfer market in recent years, but says the financial shackles have now been freed and the Gunners could sign any player in the world apart from “Ronaldo and Messi”.
“Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,” Lord Harris told Sportsmail.
“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 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”
Arsenal finished third in the Premier League last season but are now planning an all-out assault to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United for its first league crown in over a decade.
The Gunners are inching closer to the signing of Benzema, with Daily Express reporting the La Liga giants will sell the Frenchman to fund its bid for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.