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Arsenal Can Now Afford ‘Anyone But Ronaldo And Messi' With £200m Transfer Kitty Available

24/07/2015 10:06 BST | Updated 24/07/2015 10:59 BST

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger now have £200m available for transfers according to director Lord Harris.

The Carpetright owner sat down with The Daily Mail and revealed the giant sum at Wenger's disposal.

Lord Harris said “Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now, we could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are un-buyable. In the accounts, there’s over £200m in the bank.

One player heavily linked to Arsenal is Karim Benzema who Arsene Wenger has long admired but would cost in the region of £35m.

Lord Harris continued “You could say to Arsène we’ve got no money and he wouldn’t worry, or you could give him £100m and he might not spend it. At the moment there are no plans to sign anyone, unless he finds a real superstar like Mesut Özil or Alexis Sánchez. He’s looking for one of those but there aren’t many available.

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“We would back him to break the club’s transfer record. If he wanted the man, he could have him. Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he could have any player. We will probably have to break the club record to get the man he wants.

“We get a list of the players that Wenger wants,’ Lord Harris told SportsMail. “On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is. You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.”

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Arsenal's only signing so far this season has been former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, manager Arsène Wenger said: “Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us. He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.”

Arsenal transfers: 16 Players linked with the Gunners