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Money no object for Gunners

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger will pay no attention to "price tags" when he looks to strengthen the squad with a bumper transfer kitty this summer, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

The Gunners are determined to improve the side ahead of next season to mount a long-overdue sustained assault on the Premier League championship, and have been linked with marquee signings such as Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain.

The Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2013 showed the Gunners were behind only United and Chelsea in terms of revenue of £235million for 2011/2012.

"It is going to be the players that Arsene believes in," Gazidis said. "He is pretty blind to price tags, he looks at what he sees with his eyes and makes judgements based on that, and not on reputations and prices."

When asked by reporters if meeting a transfer fee of some £20million and £200,000-per-week salary was now within the club's budget, the chief executive added: "Of course we could do that. We could do more than that."

Meanwhile, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is optimistic about keeping hold of star men Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Fellaini has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.

But Kenwright said: "I have to say he has given me every indication he doesn't want to go."



Brazil and Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing him.

The 26-year-old moved to Russia last summer after four impressive seasons at Porto, but his time in St Petersburg has not been straightforward, particularly in view of some fans' opposition to non-white players.

Asked about Chelsea's reported interest, Hulk said: "If I said there wasn't anything in it, I would be lying.

"But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 per cent focused on Brazil and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards."

Mourinho is widely expected to bring in reinforcements to his forward line, with Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City also linked.