Gunners superstar striker target set for summer switch after Wenger contact

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Arsenal striker target Karim Benzema is reportedly set to leave Real Madrid in the summer.

The 23-year-old French international forward has been heavily linked with a move away from the La Liga outfit this summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger one of those tracking the hitman.

Reports in German 4-4-2 even claimed Wenger had even rung the former Lyon forward earlier in the week in an effort to entice the player towards an Emirates switch, although Arsenal have not confirmed the story.

It is thought that Jose Mourinho is not totally convinced by the abilities of the striker, a point emphasised by the loan acquisition of Emmanuel Adebayor yesterday.

Signed for a fee that could rise €41 million in 2009, Benzema is yet to justify the price paid by the Spanish giants, and might not get the chance should Los Blancos look to offload the player, as reported in


"In the summer we will see. But for now he is not seeking a move,” Karim Djaziri told the website.

Arsenal could face competition from Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in the potential race to sign the player in the summer, leading to a potential bidding war for the player.

Wenger is notoriously frugal in the transfer market, and the Gunners chief would no want to spend over-the-odds to bring the player to Arsenal.

That said, the north London outfit announced bumper profits last year, and some of that money is thought to be available for Wenger should he wish to bolster the Arsenal squad.

A defender is thought to be the Frenchman's priority, but the chance to land his compatriot could lead to a bid for the striker from Arsenal.

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