Arsenal are supposedly eyeing a swap deal with Real Madrid for Alexis Sanchez and Karim Benzema.
As overused as the link is, we are STILL supposedly interesting in signing the French striker from the Champions League holders, despite having already brought Alexandre Lacazette in from Lyon.
The strangest part of this idea however is that following the departure of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, Real now only have Karim as a senior striker option at the club, although both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are not unknown to filing the role.
The Spanish giants are believed to still be pursuing a monster deal to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu, with the wonderkid having emerged as the next world class star during last season, and a fee of around €200 Million has been speculated for the Monaco ace.
Zinedine Zidane was last week said to be keen on bringing Alexis Sanchez to the club to replace the departed Morata, but the Chilean is not an out-and-out striker, and couldn’t fill the holes left by both Morata and Benzema, so this deal would likely have to follow a deal for Mbappe, which may still not happen.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been touted as his next club, although having already splashed out a monster €222 Million to sign Neymar from Barcelona, UEFA and their Financial Fair Play Regulations may have a large problem with that.
A Benzema swap deal, as unlikely as it sounds at present, would leave us with three quality strikers in our ranks, and I could see two of those having to play heavily. This could potentially force us to change our system once again to accommodate two strikers, and Lacazette and Benzema would be an exciting prospect to play alongside each other. Giroud would also pose as a great option to play alongside either.
Could we seriously be looking at signing Benzema to replace Alexis? Would we be forced to change system if we did?