Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their chase and are ready to open talks with Real Madrid to bring Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata to the Emirates, according to reports in the Express.
The Gunners have been keen on youngster Morata for some time and failed with a bid in January, while manager Arsene Wenger has also been keeping tabs on France international Benzema’s position at Santiago Bernabeu.
The report suggests that Arsenal have arranged a meeting with Real Madrid where they will discuss moves for the duo, Wenger has identified at least one extra forward as a priority next season as he looks to build on last season’s FA Cup success.
It’s well known that Arsenal have roughly a £100 million transfer kitty, while it’s been mooted that French striker Benzema is top of Wenger’s wish-list. It is thought that Real would have difficulty turning down a bid in the region of £25 million given his contractual situation.
The North London club have also re-established their interest in Morata and Madrid are reportedly willing to allow the striker to leave Santiago Bernabeu for £8 million on the condition of inserting a buy-back clause which could be activated within two years.
The Gunners are in the hunt for a striker to play alongside Olivier Giroud, after the Frenchman struggled to handle the goal-scoring responsibilities on his own last season. Karim Benzema appears to be a good option and could form a connection with his national team-mate.
Giroud is in desperate need of some assistance, and Benzema can provide that and more. His age means that a purchase will not clash with Arsenal’s ‘invest in youth’ policy and his experience will provide the team with a level head that it sometimes required. However there are downsides, as he is likely to have a significant price tag and his arrival could have a negative influence on Olivier, as a player of such reputation will take centre stage at the Emirates.
Morata is an opportunistic player, who would very well benefit the Gunners, as they have lacked a player of his type in the past, who can almost force his way into a goal-scoring position. The young striker has proven he has potential, but he is not yet a superstar and the fans will be hoping that he can continue a path to greatness at their club.
Both of them will be excellent signings for Wenger, but Morata might just be the best option. His price is very less compared to Benzema and it may prove to not be healthy to have two French first team strikers in the squad. The main worry however is this reported buy back clause which will likely end any pursuit of the youngster. Wenger will not want to develop a striker over the next couple of seasons to lose him for a cut price in the near future.
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