Tight Ars lets major players slip away
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.
MEAN STREAK: Wenger
OFF TO ITALY: Higuain