Arsenal allowed to break club-record £42m for new striker

Arsenal director Lord Harris has revealed that manager Arsene Wenger is keen on signing a world-class striker and is prepared to break the current £42million club record fee they used for Mesut Ozil last summer, Daily Mail reports.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for a centre-forward the past few months, with the likes of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang speculated to be targets.

And a deal could be in the works after Arsenal director Harris claimed that there is over £200million currently in the club bank, and that Wenger will be allowed to splash £50million in the transfer market.

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“Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,” he said.

“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.

“We get a list of the players that Wenger wants.

“‘On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is. I think he wants to come.

“It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him. We could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are unbuyable.

“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. 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.”

Harris added that Wenger was already keen on Cech – their only major summer signing – last year and that he is glad Sterling went to Manchester City rather than arriving at the Emirates.

“Chelsea couldn’t sell him because they didn’t know how Courtois was going to settle in,” he added.

“[Raheem] Sterling is a very, very good player but I’m very pleased Arsenal didn’t sign him. He’s got a lot to learn. They were looking at him and the way he treated Liverpool wasn’t good.”

Wenger, 65, has managed Arsenal since 1996, winning three Premier League titles and six FA Cups during his tenure.