Emirates boss wants quality Frenchman.
Arsene Wenger will launch a £30million swoop for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in an attempt to appease fans frustrations.
So far this summer the Gunners faithful have seen defender Gael Clichy leave for Manchester City and major doubts arise over stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri’s long-term futures at the club.
The only arrival has been Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic for £900,000. This is not good enough for supporters after Wenger promised to be very active in this transfer window.
The Arsenal boss knows losing Fabregas and Nasri will have a detrimental effect on supporter morale, but he will make one last bid to keep Nasri with the offer of a £100,000-a-week contract.
The expected signing of Lille striker Gervinho for £10.7million is unlikely to inspire fans so Wenger is prepared to make a marquee signing.
Benzema is the man Wenger wants to help Arsenal forget about the pending departures of their midfield duo and he is willing to smash the club’s transfer record to do it.
The 24-year-old has been on the Gunners manager’s radar for some time with a deal close to being made before Benzema moved to Real Madrid in 2009.
The France international will help soften the goal-scoring burden on Robin van Persie and signal to the rest of the squad that Arsenal are still a major force.
Benzema was in and out of Jose Mourinho’s team last season due to injuries but Real president Florentino Perez and his adviser Zinedine Zidane are keen for him to stay in Spain.
Mourinho wants to offload Benzema to fund a move for either Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero or Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.