Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted on Friday that he is focused on the Gunners top four finish in the Premier League and confirmed he is considering a stay at the Emirates beyond 2014.
According to Sky Sports, Wenger said he would honor his current contract, amidst speculation he would switch to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
"I want to stay (on past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all," Wenger said. "I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling."
Based off the Gunners ties to top talent around the globe, Wenger’s declaration appears to hold true.
Already dealing with Theo Walcott’s insistent requests for the center forward position, Wenger will look for reinforcements for the attack this summer, as well as a goalkeeper and a central defender, according to a report by The Sun.
The club may have as much as £70 million to spend, according to The Sun, and the Gunners have targeted Lyon defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons. Scouts have already been dispatched to assess the 24-year-old French international, who’s netted three goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
Wenger and the Gunners are also reportedly inching closer to a deal for Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, who has been the club's top target for quite some time. Some reports suggest a fee of £26 million has been agreed upon, but there has been no official word yet. Jovetic leads Fiorentina with 12 goals in Serie A, and with four matches left could surpass his breakout 14 goals from a year ago.
Arsenal will also be amongst the handful of teams vying for the services of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, after the Bernabeu giants announced their intentions to sell the Argentinian, according to The Daily Mail.
Tottenham and Manchester City may also bid for Higuain, who has another three years on his current contract, and has a valuation of roughly £33 million.
That monumental fee would cut into nearly half of Wenger’s expected budget, which could force the sale of wingers Lukas Podolski and Gervinho.
Turkish club Galatasaray are interested in both players for a £12 million fee, hoping to pair one of them with Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, according to Express. Podolski took over the central attacking role that Walcott coveted in the Gunners 1-1 draw against Manchester United last week, and Wenger has defended the move since Olivier Giroud’s suspension.
Podolski has nine goals in his first season at Emirates, and £12 million is a under his market value of £20 million, but selling Gervinho at that price would pad Arsenal’s coffers. The 25-year-old is close to completing his second season with Arsenal after capturing a Ligue 1 title with Lille in 2011.
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