Arsenal fans can expect Arsene Wenger to be going after the same sort of players as many of our big rivals in the Premier League. In recent years that would inevitably have meant Arsenal missing out but we do seem to have a lot more financial clout and pulling power these days.
But with Man United having secured a place in the top four and with Louis van Gaal to be handed another huge transfer kitty at the end of the season, you would still expect us to struggle to beat them to a player.
But that is what is happening according to a Metro report. Man United were reported to be set to complete the transfer of the Germany international Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund but have apparently been dragging their feet.
So Arsenal have stepped in, and the report claims that we are so close to sealing the deal. They say that club officials are already talking to Gundogan´s family about the terms of his £21 million transfer to north London this summer. Until the deal is done and dusted though, we should remember cases like the saga of Gonzalo Higuain when we were said to have agreed all the terms and were set to sign the papers any day – before the next we heard he had signed for Napoli.
Will this one go the same way? Only time will tell…