According to a report in the Daily Mail, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to smash the club’s transfer record to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The French international striker continues to be linked with a move to the Gunners this summer, despite his agent Karim Djaziri ruling out a move in an interview with Spanish paper AS a fortnight ago.
Benzema is seemingly happy in the Spanish capital and in order to prize him away from Madrid, Arsenal are going to have to submit an offer so tempting the La Liga giants simply can’t refuse.
Well, according to the latest reports, such a scenario could happen, as the Daily Mail claims boss Arsene Wenger has been given the all-clear to eclipse their £42.5 million transfer record.
“Arsene Wenger has been given the all clear to break Arsenal's transfer record to land Karim Benzema. And the Gunners are also willing to eclipse current record signing Mesut Ozil's £150,000-per-week wages to land their No 1 target,” the report claims.
Could Karim Benzema be the difference?
Following the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea, many Premier League observers feel Arsenal are now within touching distance of their rivals in terms of a genuine title challenge.
However, question marks remain over their depth in midfield and notably their options upfront as regular centre-forward Olivier Giroud lacks like-for-like competition.
Theo Walcott is better served out wide, while fellow attacker Danny Welbeck is a solid squad player but arguably not the quality needed to push Giroud or make a difference in the title race.
Benzema, on the other hand, is a world class striker who has notched an impressive 130 league goals over the past 10 seasons, more than any other French player in Europe’s top five leagues.
He has that X factor, and at 27 he still has a number of years at the top of his game with the potential to reach even greater heights.