Arsenal urged to make major statement by sealing shock £86million transfer

Arsenal have been urged to make an ambitious transfer swoop for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale by one of their former players David Bentley.

The Gunners could do with reinforcements in attack in the near future, with the Daily Mirror reporting that they’re likely to lose star player Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City on a free transfer next summer.

Bale could be an ideal like-for-like replacement with his pace, power and eye for goal, though few would expect Arsenal to be able to afford the former Tottenham man.

Bentley, however, believes Bale would be a ‘snip’ at £86million and says his £300,000-a-week wages also shouldn’t be a problem for the north Londoners.

‘For me, if there was an option of going for Gareth Bale – who is available and can have an effect long-term – then Arsenal will pay the wages,’ Bentley told 888 Sport.

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Arsenal have been advised to pursue the transfer of Gareth Bale

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‘That would put the cat among the pigeons. That would be controversial to say the least.

‘But if you’re looking around the world at the minute for an unknown or a foreign player without Premier League experience then it’s very difficult to get them up to speed straight away.

‘There are a few rumours and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was available and £86m would be a snip.

‘Bale can do everything and is one of the best players I’ve ever seen.

‘He’s also commercially good. If they can get him for £86m they can more than manage the £300,000 a week or whatever he’s on. That would be the player I’d target.’

Bale celebrates with Champions League trophy

Gareth Bale has won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid

Bale played for Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham back in his last spell in the Premier League, and has since been linked by the Mirror with both Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Wales international is currently struggling with injuries, which have seen him be unable to find his best form for Real in the last couple of seasons.

Arsenal could do without another player who cannot stay fit, but there’s no doubt his quality when he’s at his best would make him a superb addition if they could pull it off.

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