Arsenal ‘lead race’ for Real star and chase £40m goal scorer – transfer latest

first_img Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – Click the arrow above, right, to see which of the striker’s team-mates is being lined up by Arsenal – The Spanish giants have made no secret of their desire to cash in on the 27-year-old and recruit younger talent in his place. Arsenal are thought to be leading the race for Benzema after Premier League rivals Man United pursuit stumbled. 8 Having ended 10 years of hurt with back-to-back silverware, Arsenal are aiming to capitalise on their recent success in the summer transfer market.A decent end to the campaign has left Gunners fans hopeful of a realistic Premier League challenge next term, though there is no doubt Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his squad in order to rival big-spending Chelsea and Manchester City.Olivier Giroud looked burnt out after a season of leading the line on his own, and would no doubt benefit from the arrival of another top striker to partner him up front, while added class around the midfield would go a long way in their bid for a first top flight title since 2004.talkSPORT takes a look at all the latest rumours from north London… 8 8 8 8 Joel Campbell (Arsenal) – Click the arrow to see which first-team star has rejeted reports of a possible exit… – Joel Campbell, the out of favour striker, is set to end his luckless stint in north London, with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce keen to swoop in. Arsene Wenger is expected to decide if the 22-year-old has a future at the club, having failed to work his way into the first-team frame since his arrival in 2013. Fenerbahce are thought to be offering £8m for the Costa Rica international, which may be too good to resist for the club. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – Click right to see which other deadly striker has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal – Higuain was linked with a move to the Emirates before opting to trade Real Madrid for Napoli last year, but the Italian side have admitted they are willing to part with their star asset this summer, slapping a £40m price tag on the Argentine. The 27-year-old scored 18 goals in Serie A this season but could prove an even bigger hit in front of the Gunners’ creative midfield. 8 Jackson Martinez (Porto) – Click right to see which Emirates flop could be on his way out of the club… – The in form Colombianrecently invited offers after admitting he wants to leave Porto this summer. Having scored 32 goals in 42 appearances this season, Arsenal will be forced to fight off a host of suitors to land the 28-year-old forward, including Liverpool, but the carrot of Champions League football could prove vital in winning the race. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Find out which Arsenal star says he doesn’t EVER want to leave the club… – The first team full-back has rubbished reports of an exit, insisting he is keen to stay at the Emirates following their FA Cup victory. The Spaniard has 12 months left on his contract and says he is ‘very happy and very lucky to play for Arsenal.’ 8 8 Isco (Real Madrid) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which world class striker could cost Arsenal £40million! – The Gunners have sent scouts to watch 23-year-old Isco, who is reportedly frustrated with his position down the pecking order at the Bernabeu. A player of his class should play more and Arsenal could offer him a starring role, though Manchester City are thought to be preparing a £32m bid to land the midfielder. Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) – The Poland goalkeeper ended any speculation over a possible Gunners exit, insisting he doesn’t EVER want to leave. Linked with a move away, having been replaced by David Ospina as first choice goalkeeper, Szczesny was reinstalled in the first team for Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Aston Villa, which suggests he is still very much a part of Wenger’s plans. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – Click right to see which striker has opened the door to an Emirates move – The in demand striker is also a target for Liverpool, but recently revealed that he will only move to a Champions League club this summer. Arsenal, therefore, seem to be a perfect destination for the 27-goal Lacazette, though he also admitted he is still uncertain if we will leave Lyon, adding that he could well stay for another year. last_img read more

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