Arsenal are to embark on a spending spree in the closing days of the transfer window.
Metro are reporting that manager Arsene Wenger is planning to go back to his homeland in France to secure the signings of Rennes Yann M’Vila, Marseille’s Lucho Gonzalez and Sochaux’s Marvin Martin. Wenger is armed with £60m in cash received from the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and is prepared to part with much of it to land his key targets.
Negotiations over the transfer of Lucho have been ongoing for a fortnight with the main sticking point being the type of move wanted by each party. Marseille and the player would prefer a permanent switch while the Gunners are looking at a season-long loan as they are reluctant to hand a longer contract to a 30-year-old. However, with the price at a mere £5m for a plyer with extensive Champions League experience during his time at Stade Velodrome and at Porto before that, Wenger is considering making Lucho an exception.
More pressing is the approach for midfield enforcer M’Vila about whom talks are at an advanced stage. Rennes are holding out for the maximum possible transfer fee and Arsenal are believed to be prepared to go as high as £22m to land the France international, a figure Rennes are almost certain to accept.
The move for Martin currently looks the most fragile with Sochaux hoping to make the kost out of Arsenal’s bounty. A fee of £12m is wanted by the French club though Arsenal are hoping to pay just £8m . Negotiations are ongoing.