Arsenal are reportedly considering an approach for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
According to Metro, the north Londoners are closely monitoring the situation of the 23-year-old as he struggles to claim a regular starting berth at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Arsenal are expected to explore the potential of bringing a striker of proven quality to the club during the summer, should they find the right man for the right price.
Metro reports that Benzema may be available to Arsenal for around £20 million and, although an outlay of that size would break the club's transfer record, the acquisition of the Frenchman could prove to be a shrewd move by the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen to bring more goalscoring options to the Emirates Stadium during the summer, with the Gunners currently over-reliant on the exploits of Robin Van Persie.
The Arsenal no.10 has been in sensational form this year but, with the Dutchman's chequered injury history, Wenger knows he is unlikely to have the 27-year-old fully fit for an entire season.
This, coupled with Marouane Chamakh failing to live up to his billing since joining Arsenal last summer and Nicklas Bendtner failing to make the most of his opportunities, is likely to force Wenger's hand in the transfer market.
However, despite Arsenal's alleged interest in Benzema, the player's agent denies he will be seeking a move away from Madrid during the closed season.
Karim Djazir told Sport.co.uk: “No, no, no, no...he will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer."