Gunners dealt transfer blow in French international pursuit - reports

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Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Karim Benzema, according to reports.

The Sunday Mirror claims the French international striker will be offered to Manchester City as part of a potential player-plus-cash deal that would see Carlos Tevez move to the Bernabeu.

It's reported that £25 million will be placed on the table for the Citizens alongside the former Lyon forward, although the Argentine international has previously expressed a desire to return to his homeland to be with his family when he leaves Roberto Mancini's side.

The news will come as a blow to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has expressed an interest in the 23-year-old earlier in the summer.

"Signing him does not seem impossible. He's a player that I like," said the Gunners boss back in May.


"He's intelligent in his movement, he is capable of combining well with others and making a difference, and of doing individual moves as well. So, for me, he's a player who's at the top level in the world."

Arsenal have since bought Ivorian international forward Gervinho to the Emirates, and will be looking to spend money strengthening the squad in other areas of the pitch, including defence.


However, Robin van Persie has urged the club to make a big name signing this summer so Arsenal can compete at the top level in both the Barclays Premier League and Europe.

With money to spend, Arsenal are looking to keep their top players - the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri - and add depth in their efforts to bring trophies back to the club for the first time in seven years.

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