Arsenal fans inside the Football Transfer Tavern have been waiting excitedly to see what Arsene Wenger does with his £70 million transfer kitty, and Brian McNally of the Daily Mirror reckons £10 million of it could be splashed on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian keeper has been Sunderland’s standout performer in a difficult season, and Wenger is ready to splash out in order to solve his long standing keeper issues.
Mignolet played a massive part in saving the Black Cats from relegation, and new manager Paolo Di Canio is desperate to keep him at the Stadium of Light.
However, the Italian is aware that £10 million would go a long way to helping fund his teams rebuilding process, and would also represent an £8 million profit on a player Steve Bruce signed for £2 million back in 2010.
Mignolet is understood to fancy a move, especially as he is competing with Thibaut Courtois of Atletico Madrid to be Belgium number one at the World Cup next summer.
With Arsenal able to offer Champions League football, the 25-year-old is desperate to make the switch to the Emirates Stadium in order to push on in his career.
If a £10 million deal could be agreed, it would represent the record transfer between two English clubs for a goalkeeper, although it would still be £7 million short of the British record £17 million Manchester United paid Atletico Madrid for David De Gea two years ago.