Could Arsenal’s budget stretch to getting Rice and Caicedo?

Last season, Arsenal qualified for the Champions League for the first time in years, and demonstrated their resolve to fight for the Premier League title. The goal is that by next season, they will be well-equipped to compete, maintain momentum throughout the season, and eventually challenge for and win silverware, whether it is the league title or a cup competition, or both.

Quality squad depth will be required, and Arteta should bring in quality players to achieve this. Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo are two examples of quality players he can sign. Last season, the two were regarded as ideal additions to Arteta’s midfield. So far, according to reports, Declan Rice appears to be the player the Gunners are making big plans to sign, with a £90 million proposal set to be lodged next week.

Some Gooners may ask, “What about Moises Caicedo?” Why is there no mention of Arsenal pursuing him?” In fact, Chelsea appears to be on the verge of taking him from the Armex stadium.

So, why is Caicedo, who has been given permission to leave Brighton, not heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, months after the Gunners had three bids for him rejected? Arsenal may not be willing to spend more than £170 million on both Caicedo (£70 million) and Rice (£100 million), with reports indicating Arteta’s transfer budget is around £200 million. Arteta and Edu may want to prioritise getting their top target, Rice, on board before considering other midfield alternatives.

Caicedo’s high asking price may make his transfer difficult to complete after Rice’s; Arsenal may have to raise finances through player sales in order to pay for his £70 million signing.

Overall, Caicedo is a wise signing, but his contract may be difficult to secure financially; hopefully, Chelsea does not beat them to it. In my opinion the Brighton man will be the better buy for the Gunners, what is your opinion?

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  1. Would much rather have Caicedo than Rice. Just seemed to be a better boss of the midfield than Rice, both attacking and defending. At least in the games I saw this season…

  2. In a normal summer window £170 mill should be enough for the two versatile midfielders, and with unconfirmed reports of personal agreements already reach with both players, depending on where you get your briefings.

    Something massive could really happen, Arsenal fans deserve it.

    1. this my ownviewon this 200m tranfer budget
      buy rice for 70m with lokonga
      caicedo for 70m
      boey for 21m
      sell xhaka 12m use the remaining 51m to get get a stricker using balogun a means to reduce if possible that danish stricker at Atlanta

  3. Arsenal will not pay more than £75 million for either of them. They will however do a player plus cash swap involving a 21 year old striker who has scored 21 goals. Balogun is now valued at £60 million by both PSG and Napoli including the addons. So maybe Balogun plus £15 million for Caicedo. Then wait until next year to get Rice for free as he only wants to play for Arsenal.

  4. If Rice signs in midfield, i would prefer to sign clinical striker rather than an other midfld. As well as strong defender and two quality wingers. Strikers maybe vlahovic, L. Martinez or v.osimhen. defenders. May be guyehi, L. Dunk….and wingers Asensio, Diaby, Mitoma….
    Then arsenal may be untouchable.

  5. I bet on Arsenal to not use Balogun for a swap plus cash deal to sign one of Caicedo or Rice this summer.
    But keep him for their next season campaign because he deserved to be kept for his scoring 21 times on loan at the top level last season.
    The £170m out the club’s reported £200m summer transfer budget being mention is quite more than enough for Arsenal to sign one of Caicedo or Rice. Then sign Maddison to have 2 top quality midfielders signed this summer.
    Then use the leftovers out of the said £170m which should be quite handy to sign one of Fresnada, Sacha Boey or Cancelo. Then leave the new striker signings till the next winter window to do it since if they keep Balogun.

  6. Moses is a better option he is faster energetic younger and plays in more than one position

  7. All depends on revenue raised from sales, something Arsenal are terrible at.

    I can’t see us making two huge signings in one window, although maybe a Balogun swap with Rice would hopefully reduce the fee by around 30 million.

  8. This highlights the problem, numbers v quality. If Arsenal basically blow their budget on two signings they will get the quality. But the problem this campaign was a lack of depth. Next season there will be the added demands of the champions league. So how far will two extra players get you ? How many games can they play before they lose form or get injured ? There’s no easy answer.

  9. I don’t know why people keep going on about Chelsea like they’re some sort of buying force. They have no Champions League, and they have no money to buy anyone, without making a lot of sales, otherwise they are in breach of FFP, if not already.

  10. But why?

    Everyone keeps talking about Rice no doubt he is good player but not critical for us at least for 1 or 2 seasons with Xhaka Partey Jorginho and possibly Caicedo.

    Our critical positions are to go from 2nd place upwards are

    CF – Vlahovic and Balogun
    AMF – Maddison
    CB – Amadou Onana
    DM: Caicedo

    Do not understand obsession with Rice. Weird

  11. The latest on 8 year contracts –

    UEFA will consequently set a five-year limit over which a transfer fee can be spread.

    Clubs will still be able to offer longer deals under UK regulations but will not be able to stretch transfer fees beyond the first five years.

    The change to FFP rules will come into force during the summer and will not apply retrospectively.

    So the maximum they can spread the fee over will be 5 years presumably.

    1. That is correct, but you can STILL give 8-year contracts if so inclined – but you only write them off in accounts over 5 years..

      (Apologies – I used to be an accountant)

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