Making signings has never been as important for Arsenal as it is this summer, amid links with James Maddison and Houssem Aouar.
However, it’s imperative the Gunners are smart in their pursuit for competition for Emile Smith Rowe.
What’s the story?
Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing the Leicester City ace, who himself wants a move to N5. But, a move for Maddison would cost in excess of £60m with the team needing to make sales first.
As a result, the north Londoners have offered a quartet of players in a cash-plus-player deal for the 24-year-old. Of course, it failed with the Foxes preferring a straight cash transfer.
However, the side’s chase of the Englishman has left Aouar and his agents shocked. He was the club’s number one target last summer, but, those days are a long time ago.
Despite his sizable transfer fee, Maddison is a bigger priority than the France youth international.
But, is it the right decision?
Aouar would be a better investment than Maddison for Arsenal
Now, it’s easy to see why Mikel Arteta would want the England international ahead of the Ligue 1 ace.
His Premier League experience is a massive help if the club were to sign him. Add his eye for a pass, for goal and you have the complete, modern-day number 10.
But, with the Gunners also needing a backup goalkeeper, a right-back and a striker, is it wise to spend £60m on one player?
Probably not, and given that, Aouar would prove the wiser investment, even if he hasn’t got near enough as much quality.
There are still signs of a fantastic player within the 23-year-old.
His performance against Manchester City in the Champions League two seasons ago was simply mesmeric. If Arsenal were to sign him instead, he would still be a great addition and, crucially, he would be a much cheaper purchase.