Tight Ars lets ma­jor play­ers slip away

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JONNY FORD­HAM

PENNY-PINCH­ING Arsene Wenger’s trans­fer pol­icy has taken an­other bat­ter­ing as the Arse­nal boss looks to have lost out on top tar­gets Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.

Serie A side Napoli have agreed a £32mil­lion deal for Real Madrid’s Ar­gen­tinian striker Higuain – which in turn could give the Span­ish gi­ants the funds to land Liver­pool’s Suarez if they fail in their pur­suit of Tot­ten­ham ace Gareth Bale.

Any move for Manch­ester United’s un­set­tled star Wayne Rooney also seems highly un­likely, with Jose Mour­inho at Chelsea lead­ing the chase for the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional.

Atletico Mineiro mid­fielder Bernard, who is play­ing in the sec­ond leg of the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal to­day, IS ex­pected to join Arse­nal this month.

But the Brazil­ian was coy when asked about links to the Gun­ners.

He said: “I don’t want to talk about this in a week as im­por­tant as this one.

“I want to talk about the game and I don’t want to be im­po­lite or ig­nore it in any way.

“I don’t know what will hap­pen af­ter the game. My fu­ture at Atletico Mineiro will be in the board’s hands from Thurs­day.”

Wenger is likely to end up with egg on his face un­less he lands at least one star name this sum­mer as he sits on a trans­fer war chest of close to £100m.

Fans will not be pleased if Wenger comes up short yet again in the trans­fer mar­ket.

Arse­nal are in talks over sign­ing Ash­ley Wil­liams from Swansea.

But, true to form, they are stalling at the £12m ask­ing price and only want to spend £10m.



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