Arsenal make €41m strike superstar contact - possible loan move

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly made contact with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The French international forward has been linked with a number of clubs amidst speculation that Jose Mourinho will allow the player to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the latest manager to track the player.

According to sources cited by the German 4-4-2, Wenger has even rang the former Lyon striker in an an effort to convince the player that a move to Arsenal and the Emirates would be a move in the right direction for his career.

The 23-year-old is being watched by Inter Milan, AC Milan and Liverpool, with the coveted hitman scouted by a number of clubs in recent months as word spread of his availability. Madird signed the player for €35 million in 2009, although the fee will rise to €41 million based on appearances and goals.


Despite Madrid suffering with striker injuries, former Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been drafted in on loan by Los Blancos, emphasising the point that the 'special one' is not convinced by the player's ability.

Wenger is believed to have connections with the player through his association with the French Football Federation, and the Arsenal chief will hope to use Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri in a bid to prove that the north London club can become a home for Benzema.

Prolific at both club and international level, the striker could be the missing link for Arsenal as they chase four separate trophies this season.

However, Benzema would be unable to play for Arsenal in the Champions League after representing his current club in the earlier stages of the competition.

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