11.03.2005 Sports News

Wenger turns to Essien as part of £40M spree

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to splash out on Lyon midfield ace Mickael Essien.

The Independent says Wenger has been promised a transfer budget of £40m in the summer and, after the disappointments of this season, looks set to spend it with his long-term target Essien a likely midfield arrival.

He could also generate further cash from the sale of either Ashley Cole or Jose Antonio Reyes and knows that he needs to secure a reliable goalscorer and a new goalkeeper.

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