Emirates Stadium boss ready to splash the cash.
Arsenal are preparing to make a move for Real Madrid hit man Karim Benzema according to Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.
Tuttomercatoweb are citing Spanish sources for the speculation, apparently Arsene Wenger has Benzema at the top of his wish list and will make a bid providing Real Madrid will sell.
Arsenal have been linked with Benzema many times in the past and not just by the Foreign press, almost every English tabloid and most gossip sites (including FootyLatest) have reported on Arsenal’s interest in the French International and therefore it is no real surprise that the rumours linking Benzema with a move to The Emirates persist.
No fee has been mentioned in the article but Benzema would not be cheap and that does bring in to question the reliability of the sources, simply because Arsenal do not pay huge amounts for players and Real Madrid would not let Benzema go for less than £30 Million.
There are those, who quite rightly, point out that Arsene Wenger doesn’t spend big, even though he probably should, but there is one player who may well be individual who would persuade the Gunners boss to dig deep into his pockets and that is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The French international has long been a target of the Arsenal boss, who tracked the striker when he was at Lyon, and he may well be the ideal player to play alongside Robin Van Persie. This is the kind of signing that may well persuade the Gunners captain to put pen to paper on a new deal. Such a signing would be a big statement of intent and would prove the club’s ambitions go beyond just securing a regular top four finish.
Whilst it’s true that Benzema sees more first team action at the Bernabeu than he has in previous seasons he is still by no means a concrete starter. Gonzalo Higuain is pushing for more playing time and Jose Mourinho ideally only plans one of the pair most weeks.
Arsenal could well do with more attacking options to support Van Persie as the likes of Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young, the North London club’s other recognised strikers, have netted just four Premier League goals between them.
£30m would be a pretty fair price to pay for a 23 year old at the top of his game and the Gunners fans would surely like to see the Emirates Stadium side assert themselves in the transfer market as they look to end a six year silverware drought.