Arsene Wenger has admitted he is “afraid of Chelsea’s possible spending power in the transfer market.
The European champions have splashed the cash in recent seasons, spending over 160 million pounds since 2011 on the likes of Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, Oscar, David Luiz and Juan Mata.
That sort of spending is something the Frenchman can only dream of with Arsenal still operating on a restricted budget, and thanks to the backing of mega-rich owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea are likely to be heavily involved in the transfer window again this off-season.
Wenger feels that Chelsea will be very busy in their attempts to add to their squad but said that he knew “nothing” about reports they were set to sign Atletico Madrid’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
“I’m afraid of what Chelsea can do in the summer,” Wenger told Eurosport.
“We have to be prepared for them to be one of the biggest movers in terms of investment once the window opens.
“Even though they already have a great base to their squad, notably their young players such as Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires and Eden Hazard, I think they will be busy during the transfer window.
“We’ve heard a lot of talk about Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Some people say it’s already a done deal, but I’ve heard nothing.”
Caretaker manager Rafael Benitez has already said he will not be in charge at Chelsea next season, with Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
Wenger feels Benitez has done well but agreed that Mourinho would be a good fit for Chelsea.
“I think Chelsea currently have a great coach in Rafa Benitez, but if they part ways at the end of season, of course Jose Mourinho would be a good solution for Chelsea,” he said.
“Mourinho is one of the best in the world. But I consider Benitez to be doing a good job at Stamford Bridge.”