Unai Emery Will Only Have A £45 Million Summer Transfer Budget
Arsenal still look like they need a lot of improvement in the summer but according to reports Unai Emery will have to make do with just £45 million in the transfer market.
You might not believe this kids but once upon a time, in a land far far away, Newcastle, the world transfer record was broken by Alan Shearer's £15 million move to the Magpies from Blackburn Rovers.
According to Totally Money's report last year the Premier League's record goalscorer would cost just over £110 million in today's market, once inflation is taken into consideration.
Just like in real life your money just doesn't get you as far in the transfer window as it once used to and that's going to be a big problem for Unai Emery this summer.
The Arsenal boss hasn't done a bad job in his first season at the Emirates but he definitely needs quite a few additions to his squad to improve on it.
Wednesday's 4-1 loss in the Europa League final to Chelsea proved just how much needs to change but it also means it'll be very difficult to change.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal's failure to qualify for the Champions League next season will leave Emery with just £45 million to spend on transfers in the summer.
The report says that if they had beaten Chelsea on Wednesday, which was their last chance at Champions League qualification after finishing fifth in the league, then the budget would have been doubled.
Instead it will be the north London side's third season in a row without playing in Europe's elite club competition and with their wage budget previously dictated as a club playing in it they're suffering.
What hasn't helped Emery is losing Aaron Ramsey on a free to Juventus, meaning there's no extra funds despite losing such a good player.
One way for the former PSG boss, who previously had enough of a budgetto sign Neymar for £198 million, would be to sell Mesut Ozil. It would at very least free up wage budget.
The small wage budget means that the manager will have to completely change his targets with the likes of Wilfried Zaha being far too expensive for the team now.
Who should Emery sign this summer and where will Arsenal finish next season?
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