Mirror Football is reporting that Arsenal have set aside as much as £70 million to bring in three of the Bundesliga’s most prominent stars in the summer.
The story, which appears in today’s Sunday Mirror, alleges that gaffer Arsene Wenger is finally willing to break the club’s transfer record in order to bring in a next generation of top talent, and in turn end the club’s trophyless spell.
The three players in question are Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund and Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen.
Wenger is keen to add a top class forward to his Arsenal side and sees 24 year old Polish hitman Lewandowski, who has been coveted by a raft of top European clubs, as the perfect fit. He is believed to be valued at around £25 million, a fee that Wenger is reportedly willing to pay.
Dortmund team-mate Mario Gotze is also on Wenger’s radar, having established himself as one of the most highly rated players in Germany at the tender age of 20.
Bender, 23, has been in top form for Leverkusen this season, and is believed to be seen as a replacement for the injury prone Abou Diaby.
The moves come as a result of Arsenal scouts spending much of the season watching German football.