Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has told supporters that Arsene Wenger will not spend “irrational” sums of money as he looks to bolster his striking options in the transfer window.
Wenger has admitted that with Robin van Persie possibly out for the season and Nicklas Bendtner also currently injured, a new striker is a priority for a club.
Expectations of a big-name arrival have only grown following recent claims that both Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain and Lazio’s Mauro Zarate, valued at £31 million and £36 million respectively, are both targets for Wenger.
But Gazidis does not expect Wenger to spend lavish amounts as they seek to maintain their Premier League title challenge.
“We won’t be making moves to respond to short-term pressure and we won’t spend irrational amounts of money,” Gazidis told Sky Sports News. “But if we can find the right player that can add real quality to the squad, of course we’ll make the right move.
“We’re in a good position, but the thing to always bear in mind is spending money by giving it to other clubs for the talent they have, is not necessarily the answer to all issues.”
Gazidis also dismissed speculation linking captain Cesc Fabregas with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid, claimed the recent transfer talk was due to the upcoming elections at the Catalan club.
“Fabregas is a victim of the news cycle in Spain around elections at clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid,” said Gazidis.
“If I was advising anybody reading those stories I would say you can probably expect to hear lots more because people want to be elected into positions at those clubs.
“But Cesc could not possibly have been more clear about his commitment to Arsenal, you can see it every week. We’re not selling him. We’re very happy with our captain and looking forward to him growing with the team.”
Wenger, meanwhile, is also expected to sign a new contract soon in a “very amicable, quick agreement.”