With Arsenal set to pocket a combined fee of about £55million from the sales of Fabregas and Nasri (If these deals do go ahead), Arsene Wenger is going to have a very big bank account and he is certainly going to be given a large chunk of that to go spend in the transfer market.
With money like that, clubs would realise that Arsenal have cash and they will inflate their player prices. We saw a classic example of that when Liverpool banked £50million from selling Torres and they were ripped off by Newcastle who demanded £35million for Carroll.
So it would be great if Arsenal could make the big name signings now before they sell Fabregas and Nasri. But be that as it may, Wenger is going to need to bring in a big name or two to replace the big names leaving. One player who ranks high on the list is French striker Karim Benzema.
Benzema has been continually linked with a move to Arsenal but Real Madrid have said they do not want to sell him. But if they are shown a good enough fee, I have no doubt they would listen to Arsenal’s offer. The fee that is being mooted as a potential figure that could get Real to sell is £27million. Mourinho would rather sell Benzema and have the cash to spend on Sergio Aguero.
A partnership of Benzema and Van Persie upfront is mouth watering and if you throw in Gervinho in that mix if we opt to play with three upfront, you have a strike force that will be hard to better across Europe.