Arsenal are reportedly using their apparently low budget as a ‘smokescreen’ to place lowball offers for their major targets.
Widespread reports have claimed that the Gunners have a budget of just £40million to revamp their squad after they missed out on qualification for this season’s Champions League.
However, Sky journalist Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that the budget is a bluff designed to get them a better deal when it comes to negotiating transfers, with £70million available to purchase Wilfried Zaha, who they have had a £40million bid rejected for.
Solhekol told The Transfer Show: “Interestingly, we have read that Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer, because they have missed out on the Champions League, is just £45m, plus what they can raise from selling players.
“We have kept reading that, £45m. People are thinking ‘why are Arsenal trying to sign a player who Crystal Palace are saying is worth £80m, when they only have £45m?’
“What I have been told is that it suits Arsenal that people think they only have £45m, because when they get into negotiations over a player, the selling club is going to think Arsenal don’t have much money.
“What I have been told is that this is a bit of a smokescreen and Arsenal can go up to £70m to buy Wilfried Zaha. £70m is the point at which they would walk away.
“A deal that would be worth £70m in total. We just have to take it with a pinch of salt that Arsenal only have £45m. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“We are not talking about £300m for Neymar, this is £70m in total. I think Arsenal can do that.”
Get the latest personalised Arsenal products on our new TEAMtalk Gunners shop!