Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to make a £40m raid on Real Madrid to sign star striker Karim Benzema next summer.
Spanish news outlet Merca Football claim Wenger is still keen on the 28-year-old Frenchman, who could depart the Bernabeu – but the La Liga giants wouldn’t be able to source a replacement as they are banned from signing players in January or next summer.
The report adds, a £40m bid could be on the cards.
The Gunners are reportedly reluctant to splash the cash in the coming months – the only attacking addition was Lucas Perez last month.
and Benzema might be the ideal replacement for Olivier Giroud rather than the north Londoners new boy.