According to The Daily Mail Arsene Wenger will launch a £27million move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in an attempt to convince Arsenal stars Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri from departing the Emirates.
Fabregas apparently is close to a £34m move to Barcelona while Manchester City believe they have clinched the £19m signing of Nasri, having already landed Gael Clichy from the Emirates for £7m. Benzema could be the man Wenger wants to help Arsenal forget about the pending departures of their midfield duo if a settlement is reached and he is willing to smash the club’s transfer record to do it.
While Wenger recognises the goalscoring impact Benzema could have on the pitch, the Frenchman also hopes that signing his 24-year-old compatriot will prove to the club’s current crop of stars that they can achieve their career ambitions with the Gunners. Benzema was in and out of Jose Mourinho’s team last season due to injuries and a lack of form. Real president Florentino Perez and his adviser Zinedine Zidane are keen for the France striker to stay in Spain. But Mourinho wants to offload Benzema to fund a move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero. Benzema has already stated earlier last month that he wasn’t looking to move away from Madrid, however if Aguero makes the move then he may have no choice but to vacate the Spainish giants.
Wenger reportedly wants Leighton Baines to replace Clichy but has balked at Everton’s £15m price tag and Barca hope the inclusion of Maxwell, 29, in the deal will be enough to finally land Fabregas. It well be worth splashing out £15m for Baines as he is exactly what we need; experienced, fast, English, solid defender, proven goalscorer and also excellent set-piece taker. Common Wenger splash some cash!