Arsenal have plenty of cash reserves, bolstered by the £24 million summer sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Wenger maintains the Gunners are ready to spend big should they find the right man - and have been heavily linked with the Uruguay international.
"I like him as a player," said Wenger.
"Will he cost a lot of money? That's for sure. Nobody would deny that. "Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player."
Should needs be, Wenger is happy to play a waiting game as the transfer clock ticks on.