We have been repeatedly linked with a move for Karim Benzema in recent weeks (via the Metro), but it wasn’t clear whether there was anything tangible in the stories emerging. It seems our interest in the French forward is genuine however, with Spanish journalist David Alonso confirming the rumour on Cadena SER radio, as reported by the Metro.
He claims Arsene Wenger is determined to bring his compatriot to the Emirates, and is willing to throw his newfound financial weight around in the transfer market to do so.
“In Benzema’s case, the interest is 100% real,” said Alonso.
“We can confirm that Arsenal are looking for a number 9, that they have a lot of money to buy him and that their priority is Karim Benzema.
“Wenger is ready to invest €60m (£41.9m) to to buy a star.”
The manager is clearly looking to make another marquee signing this summer, with Benzema potentially following the big money moves for Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez in previous seasons.
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The 27-year-old would be a fantastic acquisition, and would unquestionably push us closer towards being real title contenders. Even without a world class striker we have shown our quality during the current calendar year, and with a player the calibre of Benzema we would certainly be a force to be reckoned with.
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Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are excellent options to have up front, but Benzema is a cut above both men. We should be doing everything in our power to lure him away from the Bernabeu, even if it means breaking the bank.