Karim Benzema & Arsenal are sitting at the transfer table

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As we move into the final 12 days of the transfer window, Arsenal fans should prepare themselves for a rollercoaster of reports claiming one thing or another.

The Gunners have been extremely quiet this summer. Petr Cech, signing from Chelsea, has been the only notable arrival as Arsene Wenger attempts to keep his tight-knitted squad together.

However, rumours of a world-class striker will simply not go away. Plenty of pundits believe that Olivier Giroud is not good enough to lead a title-winning squad and Wenger has previously confirmed that he is ready to spend big if the right player comes along. 


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The right player, according to many respected outlets, is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The France international has been tracked by the Gunners for so long and it is believed Wenger may have finally been granted to opportunity to sign him.

Reports are conflicting. Some say that Real Madrid have to sell to make a dent in their £500million debt while publicly Rafa Benitez has said the 27-year-old is staying. According to Rodney Marsh, Arsenal have had a £48m bid accepted while according to Muzzi Ozcan, it won't happen.

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The latest intriguing tweet comes from former Norwegian football-turned-journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, who claims both Benzema and Arsene Wenger are sitting around a transfer table in the hope of agreeing a deal.

However, Wenger is yet to commit to the transfer. With Benzema turning 28 later this year and any deal likely to shatter Arsenal's £42.4m transfer record, it is with no surprise that he is thinking hard.

Who is Jan Aage Fjortoft?

The former footballer has made quite a name for himself since retiring and now boasts an impressive 139,000 followers on his verified Twitter account.

That is because he is generally renowned from delivering well-sourced transfer news. For instance, he claimed Manchester United were considering pulling out of a deal for Barcelona's Pedro last week when the world's media was claiming otherwise.

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