Arsenal £40 million bid depends on Gareth Bale?

Arsenal want to sign Karim Benzema, but surely Real Madrid will not sell? Unless...

Arsenal's hunt for a 'proven world class forward' has led them to Karim Benzema, write The Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger admitted after the win over Fenerbahce that a move for Luis Suarez was dead - despite Paul Merson urging the club to pursue a deal.

The Telegraph claim: "It is understood that Arsenal have been in touch with Madrid over the past 48 hours and are encouraged that a deal for Benzema could be feasible."

But it might just depend on one man, who currently plays for for their rivals.

Real Madrid have already sold Gonzalo Higuain this summer, so in theory, selling Karim Benzema - who starred in and looked happier than ever in the 2-1 win over Betis at the weekend, seems like a small possibility.

But the Telegraph claim that Cristiano Ronaldo would move into the central striking spot, a tactic Carlo Ancelotti tried out in pre-season.

Which in turn leaves the obvious question with an even more obvious answer; who would take Ronaldo's place on the wing?

Gareth Bale of course, if Real Madrid get their way. In the merry-go-round of the transfer window, Spurs are about to sign Willian, and potentially Erik Lamela too, and may just come to the decision to sell.

Bale going to Madrid might just be the only way Arsenal get their hands on Karim Benzema, for Madrid have made clear they do not intend on weakening their side.

In fact selling Benzema may provide them with the cash they need to secure the Bale deal and meet Tottenham's asking price.

It could be quite an uncomfortable fact for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy; that if he does sell Gareth Bale, despite having replacements lined up, it would have the doubly negative impact of risking in turn strengthening their rivals in the process.

Can Arsenal get Benzema? Does it depend on Bale?

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