The Gunners are set to fund a massive percentage of the Hakes' planned expenditure, if a potential deal for Laurent Koscielny goes through.
Lorient signed the coveted center-half from Tours last year for a chicken fee of €1.5m, and are prepared to lavish €2.5m on Angers' 21-year old defender Bruno Manga, in the eventuality of an almost inevitable situation, whereby Koscielny departs for Arsenal in a deal worth €12m. However, In the process of concluding the transfer, Lorient will rake into their coffers a profit of €8m.
The financial aspect of the much anticipated switch outweighs the detrimental analogy of replacing an experienced player with a developing youngster. Either way the President of the French outfit Loic Fery, and the manager Christian Gourcuff, are more than ready to have a go with the monetary benefits the deal is bound to generate.
From €27-28m last season, Christian Gourcuff will have enough financial resources at his disposal ahead of the forthcoming Ligue1 campaign, no wonder Lorient' hierarchy aren't bothered: "The next budget will exceed €30m. It will be very close to €40m," Fery enthused in an interview with Le Foot.
Hopefully Bruno Ecuele Manga, will live up to their lofty expectations, who knows! Arsenal might come knocking with another bag of goodies for his signature next season.