Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has hinted that the Gunners aren’t done yet in the transfer market, and will remain active despite concerns that the market has been inflated even for ‘normal players’, who now command very high fees.
Arsenal have made just two signings this summer, Sead Kolasinac, a free transfer from German side, Schalke, and Alexandre Lacazette, who joined from Lyon in a club record fee.
The North Londoners are also linked with a move for AS Monaco winger, Thomas Lemar, with a £45million bid said to be lined up by the Gunners.
However, despite Wenger’s concerns about inflation, he says Arsenal will remain active in the transfer market.
“What’s next is to remain active,” he told Arsenal Player. “Not a lot [has] happened.
“I believe there are actually two ways to improve the team. First of all to improve the quality of what we do in training to improve the squad and improve the players we have, and secondly to bring more top-level players in.
“The difficulty is to bring top-level players in because you pay a huge amount of money for very normal players at the moment. As well, all the big clubs are chasing the same players and that provokes huge inflation.
“Maybe this will be the first time we [football clubs] pay over £200m, maybe over £300m with Neymar and around £200m with Mbappe.
“So there is a huge inflation. But we are active, we are working hard and I think we have done well with Kolasinac, we have done well with Lacazette and we are continuing to work.
Wenger also hinted that Arsenal may have to wait until a similar opportunity that saw the club sign talented playmaker, Mesut Ozil, in the final day of the 2013 summer.
“There’s the usual acceleration in the final part of August,” he added. “But I think you have always to be on alert every day, because a good opportunity might turn up.
“Sometimes people you are after for a long time are not available and suddenly they become available. So you have always to be on alert. That’s what we do.”