Arsenal director Lord Harris has revealed Arsene Wenger has a war chest of £200m with which to buy players this summer and top of his wish list is a ‘world-class’ striker.
The Gunners have only made one acquisition of this calibre thus far, signing goalkeeper Petr Cech from London rivals Chelsea for £10m.
Despite this relative lack of activity, only the Blues and Manchester City are afforded shorter odds than 17/4-rated Arsenal to win the Premier League next term.
With their raft of elite midfielders supplying the bullets, a world-class frontman would doubtless transform the north London side into a formidable force, but few players of this ilk exist and fewer still are available.
Of the possibly gettable group, perpetually Emirates-linked Karim Benzema has revealed he won’t be leaving Real Madrid and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is persona non grata after deeming himself too good for a trial with the Gunners when he was 18.
There’s also Gonzalo Higuain, who Arsenal didn’t sign when he was available for £34.5m two years ago.
Current club Napoli are demanding the best part of £65m to relinquish the Argentine this summer, almost double what they paid for a player with little sell-on value.
It’s a hook Wenger will not be biting on, leaving just Edinson Cavani.
But with Paris Saint-Germain bracing themselves for the loss of Ibrahimovic, it’s unlikely Les Rouges et Bleus will be overly keen to sanction the Uruguayan’s sale.
Beyond this quartet, attainable options are thin on the ground.
Of those most repeatedly linked, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose employer Borussia Dortmund insist isn’t for sale, and Alexandre Lacazette are certainly skilled practitioners, but can’t be considered worthy of a spot alongside the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero in the ‘world-class’ striker bracket.
Wenger has plenty of line-leaders upon whom he can depend for goals at present and isn’t one to spend with frivolity.
So despite Lord Harris’ lofty proclamations, it looks increasingly likely every penny of the reported £200m will remain smouldering in Wenger’s Teflon pockets.