The need to bring in world-class players to Arsenal to summer has been boss Arsene Wenger’s utmost priority. The Gunners boss knows this more than anyone else.
His ambition to push for a title push and possibly, the Champions League next term requires that Wenger strengthens the team. He knows he has to loosen his purse strings for not just a bit-part or squad player, but a world-class starter who can help propel the team to glory.
Having seen the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, Wenger has declared he is willingly to pay as much as £45 million to sign world-class stars like Karim Benzema and the likes if they become available.
Experienced goalkeeper Cech arrived Arsenal in an £11 million deal earlier this summer and Arsenal have been linked afterwards with a big money move for Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and more recently, Julian Draxler.
Metro reports that a bid of £43.3 million in on the cards for the signature of Higuain, while Draxler is rumoured to be on a move to Arsenal for £28.7 million.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema is Wenger’s most wanted man, with the French manager a long term admirer of his compatriot.
Benzema joined Los Blancos in 2009 and has enjoyed enough playing time at the club. With a change of manager at the club therefore, the France international striker could find playing time difficult next term under new boss Rafael Benitez.
The Madrid manager reportedly wants Cristiano Ronaldo to play as a striker next term, with Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez/Jese on the flanks. In a recent pre-season friendly game loss to AS Roma, the trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Jese started at the front, with the Portuguese as the striker.
A move to the Premier League for Benzema is now on the cards, with the Emirates stadium the likely destination.
As per Offside Football, Wenger admits that, though a move for Benzema is not close, he’s open to moving for players of that quality should they become available.
“Benzema is not happening at the moment but if I can find an exceptional player to strengthen the squad I will do it. We don’t rule out another signing and we don’t guarantee that we will buy. I am happy with the squad but it really does depend on what is in the market,” Wenger said.
Benzema’s inclusion will no doubt solve Wenger’s headache caused by inconsistency in Olivier Giroud’s performances, coupled with Danny Welbeck’s susceptibility to injuries.