We have long been linked with a move for the Real Madrid striker, and the rumours have really begun to pick up speed in recent weeks (via The Telegraph).
It has even been claimed that Real Madrid have accepted a £48m bid from us (via The Telegraph), with a move seemingly close to completion.
Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on Benzema himself however, instead discussing the lack of world class talent available. The Frenchman claims the funds are there if the right player comes along, but insists that so far “we are not close”.
The Frenchman was asked about the possibility of bringing his compatriot to the club, but claims finding a striker this summer could prove difficult.
“There is a shortage [of world class strikers] in the world yes,” Wenger said, as quoted by The Telegraph.
“There is a difference between financial power and the availability of top class players.
“The funds are there, people know that you have the resources, but the players are not available.
“We expect, like you, but at the moment, we are not close.”
Arsenal fans have seen their hopes raised recently, with the rumours snowballing out of control. It would be a blow we were to see no more new arrivals, with Petr Cech our solitary signing so far.
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Benzema would be ideal, but he’s not the only player out there who would improve our squad. Hopefully Wenger is still working hard to identify transfer targets, and we see a new face or two before the window slams shut at the end of the month.