Arsenal have allegedly entered the race for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact since joining Los Blancos from Lyon for €32 million a year ago, although he has recently been given a run in the starting XI by Real boss Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old in recent weeks as the Anfield club search for another goalscorer to take the burden away from Fernando Torres.
A deal for the France international could prove to be popular with the Liverpool faithful, and former Kop favourite Jamie Redknapp recently urged the Reds board to Benzema to Anfield.
“Liverpool need a striker and they should look no further than Karim Benzema," the ex-Liverpool midfielder wrote in the Daily Mail.
“He played this game like it was his personal audition. He’s started only one league game for Real Madrid this season and we could all see last night that he is better than that. Benzema enjoyed his night and put on a bit of a show.
“The new Anfield owners have their first challenge: sign him.”
But, should Liverpool step up their interest in Benzema, they may now have to battle with Arsenal after Mediaset reported he is the north London club's 'no.1 target'.
Arsene Wenger has a reputation for being frugal in the transfer market, but he is allegedly prepared to break the bank to bring Benzema to Arsenal.
The Arsenal boss also reportedly has his sights set on versatile Russian Renat Yanbaev and Belgian sensation Eden Hazard as he looks to end the Gunners' five year trophy drought.
Benzema would certainly provide Arsenal with an added cutting edge, but whether the Gunners will bid for him in January remains to be seen.
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