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Report: Arsenal have set up a smokescreen in Wilfried Zaha negotiations

Arsenal may be able to stretch their finances in order to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer, according to Sky Sports News.

Their reporter Kaveh Solhekol says that Arsenal have been happy for their transfer budget to be reported around the £45 million mark as a smokescreen.

That means that when they get into negotiations with a club, they think Arsenal don’t have that much money and it’s all designed at making sure that the Gunners aren’t ripped off this summer.

The report claims that Arsenal are ready to up their £40 million initial bid for Zaha, which indicates that they do have more money to spend than has been represented.

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There will likely be plenty of Arsenal fans who don’t believe this to be true – especially after a summer in which they still haven’t brought in a senior arrival yet.

But perhaps it wouldn’t have been the wisest strategy for Arsenal to make their wealth plain like Manchester United have done in recent years – and been ripped off so many times in the process.

Obviously, if the Zaha negotiation turns into a farce, Gunners fans will be fuming. But if not flaunting hundreds of millions around means they get their man at a lower price, then there might have been method in the madness.

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