All Arsenal fans are becoming heartily sick of listening to the Karim Benzema rumours. They are becoming more and more hard to believe, especially after Arsene Wenger’s lengthy denials citing the quality of strikers we already have in the squad.
But that does not stop the media from linking us with every other top striker on the planet. To start with the Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal approached Bayern Munich early in the transfer window to see if they were open to selling either Robert Lewandowski or Thomas Muller, but Pep Guardiola made it clear that the top quality pair were still central to his plans.
If either of them were on the market they would cost at least £50m at today’s prices which would indicate that Wenger really is only interested in top top quality additions to the squad. With the two Germans unavailable they report that they then moved on to Benzema, who is thought to be at the same level, and it was hoped that Rafael Benitez may have been open to selling to bring in his own targets at Madrid.
Whether Benzema was ever a possibility or whether Benitez was just stringing Wenger along, it is now very unlikely that deal will happen either so the media are also moving on. The latest rumours from the Express are saying that the Gunners are now plotting to raid Paris Saint-Germain for the attacking pair of Edinson Cavani AND Ezequiel Lavezzi. They reckon that Arsenal could get both of them with a bid of just £45m which seems very far-fetched to me. There is also a question of how PSG could get in adequate replacements with just 12 days of the transfer window left…
So with all these rumours linking us with top strikers, could Wenger still be looking for a marquee signing?