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The Daily Telegraph are calling it 'the largest transfer budget in the club's history' and they put the number at around £100m, largely for a striker and a defensive midfielder. Apparently there's no doubt at all in Stan Kroenke's mind that Arsene Wenger is the man to take the Gunners forward into a new era and he has sympathy for the Gunners boss this season because of his terrible luck with injuries. Sensible man.

Here's the key paragraph if you're wondering who Arsenal might buy in the summer: 'Planning is also being put into the summer transfer window, with 21-year-old Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic among the strikers now being regularly watched. Diego Costa, who is also a Chelsea target, Mario Mandzukic, Julian Draxler and Jackson Martinez have also been on Wenger's radar. Drmic has joined Draxler in publicly outlining his high regard for Arsenal. "Any boy dreams about playing for Arsenal," he said.'

According to the Daily Star, both Liverpool and Everton are also interested in the Swiss youngster. Join the queue along with Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, we say. In case you're wondering if Drnic is any good, he has scored 16 Bundesliga goals this season - just two less than the rest of his Nuremburg teammates combined. He will be going somewhere far sexier after the World Cup.

Selling him could be a problem - £175,000-a-week wages and a £20m transfer fee scupper that idea for both Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid - but the Daily Telegraph claim that Chelsea could allow Fernando Torres to leave on loan. Atletico would seem the obvious destination as Chelsea are trying to prise Diego Costa from the Spanish club.

Also likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer are Samuel Eto'o and David Luiz, who could leave for around £30m - presumably to serial suitors Barcelona.

Yesterday we had Carlo Ancelotti cited as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson and now the Daily Mail are telling us that he could turn up at Tottenham, which would seem a massive step down from Real Madrid to us. But Spurs are apparently 'monitoring developments' in Spain.

The Daily Mail claim: 'Daniel Levy is understood to have distanced himself from the possibility of bringing in Dutchmen Louis van Gaal or Frank de Boer, who have irritated the Spurs chairman by talking in public about the approach he made before Sherwood was offered the job.'

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has given Alan Pardew free rein to overhaul his playing squad this summer...Yossi Benayoun is planning to leave QPR this summer and end his career at home in Israel..Inter Milan have made Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko their No 1 summer transfer target...Everton are plotting a £9m move for Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca who scored twice in their shock win over Real Madrid...Brazil midfielder Paulinho is unhappy with his playing time at Tottenham...Darren Bent has expressed his frustration at being overlooked by Fulham boss Felix Magath.

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