Arsenal set about proving forecasts of their demise in the wake of their home loss to Aston Villa were premature with a 3-0 Champions League qualifying victory in Istanbul and they’re bidding to do the same to those who doubt their transfer pull.
Potential moves for Real Madrid twosome Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria will be welcome in the light of heavy spending from the Emirates side’s north London rivals Tottenham.
Spurs have already lavished in the region of £50m on four players – with the further signings of Willian and Erik Lamela thought to be close – and they’ve been cut to 6/5 joint-fourth favourites with Arsenal for a top-four finish in the Premier League as a result.
Benzema and Di Maria would certainly add attacking smarts to the Arsenal side, with 18 goals and 17 assists between them from a combined 41 league starts last term.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of ex-Lyon striker Benzema and it’s understood that a fee in the region of £40m would be enough to land the striker.
He may be the only recognised senior centre-forward on his club’s books after the sale of Gonzalo Higuain, but the Daily Mail understands Real are still willing to entertain offers.
The Frenchman’s teammate Di Maria has already been mooted as a potential make-weight in the deal which may eventually bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu and would definitely be expendable if the Welshman gets his move.
Whereas the move for Benzema will strengthen the squad at the Emirates, the recruitment of the Argentinean winger could be a like-for-like replacement for Lukas Podolski.
It has been rumoured that Arsenal could be ready to cash in on the German after an inconsistent 2012/13 in north London, with Schalke and Wolfsburg both looking to bolster their attacking ranks.
Club legend goalkeeper Iker Casillas is a third Real player who is rumoured to be interesting the Gunners.
Arsenal’s interest in three players who play in differing roles suggests they’ll seek to make signings in at least as many positions in the remaining days of the summer transfer window.