Gunners on the brink of signing Champions League winning superstar

Arsenal are understood to be on the verge of landing their long term offensive target Karim Benzema, with reports in The Metro revealing that Real Madrid are also ‘working on selling’ him this summer.

It is believed that Los Blancos are themselves trying to push him out of the Santiago Bernabeu, with manager Rafael Benitez interested in playing Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale up front.

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Wenger can land 22-goals-a-season forward for just £17.8m

Arsenal are reported to be preparing a £17.8m bid to sign their long term target, Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema, this summer, according to reports in The Metro. What’s more – it is even believed that Los Blancos are open to the prospect of selling the Frenchman for that bargain fee in this transfer window.

It is understood that Real’s new manager Rafael Benitez is uninterested in keeping hold of the player this summer, with him likely to resort to playing Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale as part of his formation, in which he will play one or two forwards. And the Frenchman himself is believed to be keen on a switch in order to avoid spending time on the sidelines next season.

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Arsenal Transfer Wrap: Saturday, 27th December

Cavani set to sign for Arsenal

Paris Saint-Germain ace Edinson Cavani is edging closer to a move to Arsenal with reports in the Spanish media revealing that the French side are getting ready to accept an ‘astronomical offer’ from the Gunners. The sale will provide the French side with a breather in the Financial Fair Play restrictions, and would thus be welcomed by manager Laurent Blanc.

City to prise Mandzukic away from Arsenal

Atletico Madrid, who are understood to have bagged Fernando Torres, may let forward Mario Mandzukic move away from the Vicente Calderon Stadium. But while Arsenal were believed to have been interested to sign the player till sometime ago, their rivals Manchester City are now set to land him with a £25m bid for him already believed to be lined up, according to The Daily Star. Continue reading

Wenger in a playful mood, but it’s time to get serious again

Arsenal have been on the right end of results this term till now, putting up a strong fight at the top of the table and even advancing to the Round of 16 from the ‘group of death’ in the UEFA Champions League. Although this has found Wenger in a much lighter mood this term, he surely has the weight of the world upon himself, leading Arsenal’s fight to end their trophy-less drought for 9 years.

With the huge summer signing of Mesut Ozil and the Gunners seemingly on the right track, it has been hard to find fault in Wenger’s tactics this season. Probably this has given the ever-so-serious Le Prof an opportunity to appear more relaxed in press conferences, and a far cry from the man who has been forced to defend his team from criticism in recent seasons, largely due to uncontrollable player exits. Continue reading

Arsenal offer Real Madrid £40m for Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made an 11th hour bid for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil reported to be in the region of £40m, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

The 24 year old was not included in the starting eleven in the league match against Athletic Bilbao and has reportedly made it clear privately that he is open to a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu. It is also said that despite Kaka’s probable transfer to AC Milan, the German’s regular team chances might come under serious threat, now that Gareth Bale has arrived at the club. Continue reading

Neighbourhood Watch: What Spurs are upto in the run up to the derby

Arsenal’s esteemed fellow North Londoners, Tottenham, are embroiled in one of the biggest dramas of the summer, with Gareth Bale skipping training this week, according to the BBC. The Welshman was close to a move to Real Madrid this past week, although Daniel Levy is sticking to the bargaining table to draw out as much money as possible from the deal.

Meanwhile, Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen has not offered any indication that he is close to a Spurs move, even after AVB lodged an official bid as his agent refused to comment ob the issue in Danish paper Tips Bladet. Spurs are also facing a dead end in their chase of Brazilian winger Hulk as Zenit Saint Petersburg look keen on holding on to the former Porto star, claimed goal.com. Continue reading

Arsenal can land two world class players at the Emirates for £60 million

A departing Gareth Bale can do more good to his current club’s arch nemesis, than he might have ever conceived. With the transfer window drawing to it’s inevitable conclusion, Arsene Wenger is once again aiming for the stars. Undeterred by failed prospects in Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, the Professor now has his eyes set on the two world class acts of Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil.

At £100 million, Gareth Bale is a ridiculously expensive buy, but his arrival should herald in a streak of streamlining at the Santiago Bernabeu, both for financial as well as tactical reasons. Tactically Di Maria would be a surplus in the winger department, while a player of Ozil’s stature would bring in quite a lot of dough. Continue reading

Tottenham look to hijack Arsenal move for Suarez

The Metro today reports that a sensational transfer battle could be in the offing should Daniel Levy sell Gareth Bale, as Tottenham will then compete with Arsenal for the signature of Luis Suarez.

The mercurial Uruguayan is desperate to leave Anfield this summer and the Gunners have already had two bids rejected for the player. While Tottenham had reportedly agreed a deal for Roberto Soldado, the massive cash influx they will get from the sale of Bale has forced them to look at unsettled Suarez as an additional striking option. They will probably be able to outbid Arsenal for Suarez because of the proceeds from Bale’s sale. Continue reading