Arsenal’s transfer budget could be boosted by as much as £30m in 2018, according to reports.
Arsenal apparently have about £30m leftover from the summer window and will use those funds to “safeguard” future windows.
That’s according to David Ornstein (via Bleacher Report), who reasoned that Arsenal must have at least had £30m remaining of their original budget after bidding £92m for Thomas Lemar on deadline day.
£60m of that bid was set to be funded by Alexis’ sale to Manchester City, hence the £30m figure.
That spare money wasn’t invested during the summer, and will instead be used to bolster the budget for future windows, says Ornstein.
Whether Arsenal will spend that money during the January transfer window is another matter.
Arsene Wenger has already admitted that he will try again for Thomas Lemar, while fans would also like to see a central midfielder come in as well. A deal with Lemar is agreed ‘in principle’ if you believe reports
It’s possible that money will be saved for next summer, given that Arsenal could end up needing to replace both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
They also need to extend the contracts of several players, such as the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, which will also eat into the budget.
With so much business to be done, putting some money aside might not be a bad thing, provided it does get spent eventually.