Rooney not out of Arsenal price range, says Gazidis

Arsenal would have no problem funding a move for unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis has claimed, according to the Daily Mirror.

Gazidis added that the Gunners’ new financial deals mean they are capable of paying the reported fee of £20m or more for Rooney and his likely weekly wage of £200,000. “ “Of course we could do that,” Gazidis said. “We could do more than that.

We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you.

Arsenal recently signed a kit deal with Puma that the Mirror claims will take the value of the club’s commercial deals past the £300m mark. Gazidis declined to talk about specific players but confirmed that if manager Arsene Wenger wanted to make big money moves this summer, he has the freedom to do so.

If Arsene thinks signing big names is the right thing to do, yes,” Gazidis continued. “The fact is this year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower.

We can look at some options that weren’t really in our financial capability. It’s a progression over the next two seasons. It’s quite significant for the club.

As well as Rooney, Arsenal have been linked with an attempt to bring former captain Cesc Fabregas back to the club from Barcelona. There is also speculation that Arsenal will match the release clause in the contract of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

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