Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is still keen to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and that the Gunners will recruit new players before the transfer deadline.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Emirates Cup this weekend, Wenger insisted: “We (Arsenal) want to spend (money) if it strengthens our team.”
“We are working very hard to strengthen our squad. I am confident. You look at many teams around us. Nothing has happened until now. This team with financial potential as well.
“At the moment the market hasn’t moved a lot. Apart from Man City, nobody has done anything,” Wenger added.
Arsenal have had two offers for Suarez dismissed by Liverpool with a recent club-record £40m plus £1m bid firmly rejected.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants the 26-year-old Uruguay international to compensate the Anfield faithful with, at least, one more season after a controversy-plagued two seasons with the club and has said the striker is not for sale.
But Wenger, who has been heavily criticised over the years for his failure to land statement signings, believes Suarez to the Emirates Stadium this summer is a possibility.
“We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do,” Wenger said. “We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way.
“I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible, which is quite difficult in the modern world. But we work very hard, not only on the case you name, but on other different cases.”
Arsenal will play last season’s Serie A runners-up Napoli on Saturday in the Emirates Cup.