As reported by The Sun, Arsenal are plotting a £40 million bid for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema with negotiations for the French international mooted to begin next week.
The Gunners have looked to La Liga in recent seasons in order to bring in the necessary quality needed to take the next step, with first Mesut Ozil and then Alexis Sanchez joining.
Since the club’s record transfer fee for Ozil two summers ago, the North Londoners have won back-to-back FA Cups but the clear aim for next season is a sustained Premier League title challenge.
With Petr Cech adding defined quality at the back, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has been pinpointed as the man to lead the side in attack with The Sun reporting a big-money bid is imminent.
What are Arsenal’s chances of signing Karim Benzema?
The 27-year-old has often been called on his lack of goal scoring prowess in the Spanish capital, the forward’s goal tally of 21 strikes in 2011/12 being the best of his Madrid career to date.
Despite being a regular starter in recent years, his position is not indispensable and talks of moving Cristiano Ronaldo to the number one striker role diminishes his status further.
Arsenal have cash to spend, and the report in The Sun states the La Liga giants are willing to sell Benzema for the right price as new boss Rafa Benitez bids to reshape his squad.
There aren’t many clubs who would be able to entice Benzema out of Madrid, but the offer of regular football and a potential hero status at the Emirates gives Arsenal as good a chance as any to seal a deal.