Arsenal operate under a strict wage structure where their highest earners including Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski earn around £90,000-a-week. But the Gunners are prepared to be flexible and raise their wage ceiling as they hope to land talents like Stefan Jovetic and Mario Gotze in the summer.
The north London club recently announced profits to the tune of £17million for the first half of the financial year taking their cash reserves to close to £125million. The club is set to back Arsene Wenger with substantial amount of cash for his summer spending spree.
The Gunners have the 4th highest wage bill in the Premier League and signing world class players has been difficult with their wage demands forcing the club to put off the interest.
But reports in the media suggest the Gunners are prepared to increase their wage ceiling to accommodate the new singings Wenger is keen to make. Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic and Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze are top of the Arsenal manager’s wanted list and the board is willing to facilitate the spending by breaking the wage barrier.
Jovetic is tipped to take over the role Robin van Persie performed at the Emirates last season and his goal scoring exploits in Italy have made him a high priority for Wenger. The French manager is also keen to sign a defensive midfielder, a right-back and a goalkeeper to strengthen his fragile squad.
Meanwhile, Andrei Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci are set to be freed when their contracts expire at the end of the season with Johan Djourou, Park Chu-young, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos and Nicklas Bendtner also set to be axed to free up wages.