Adapted from The Sun: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given the go ahead to move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club can afford the England international.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the Gunners CAN afford to pay Rooney more than £200,000 a week and Manchester United a £25million fee.
Gazidis was adamant only boss Wenger will decide whether to bid for the England striker.
But he claimed Arsenal are finally willing and able to make the stellar signings required for a genuine title challenge, smashing their rigid pay structure.
SunSport can reveal the Gunners’ revenues are set to top £300m with the new Emirates, kit and TV rights deal kicking in over the next two years. They will have £70m every year for new signings.
Asked directly if they could afford the England hitman and his wages, Gazidis said: “I don’t know what his fee would be.
“I’m talking about an extra £70m of additional, high-margin revenue — so of course we could do that. “We could do more than that.”
It is a massive boost to long-suffering fans desperate to see big-name signings after eight years of losing their best players and winning nothing.
Arsenal scraped into fourth spot last season, pipping Tottenham by a point.
Gazidis, who also hinted Wenger is likely to be offered a new deal, said: “We are beginning to see the escalation in our financial firepower.
“That’s going to happen partly next season, it’s partly available now. It means we can spend more on transfers and wages.