Arsenal face rival for Batshuayi this summer

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Rafa Benitez is keen on Arsenal striker target Michy Batshuayi and wants to bring him to Napoli this summer.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Belgian international, who is wanted by Benfica as well as Arsenal, has emerged as a transfer target for Napoli as they look for an alternative to Gonzalo Higuain.

Benitez wants a back-up to the prolific Argentina international, as Lorenzo Insigne has managed just two league goals and Goran Pandev has six.

Neither is an out and out striker, while Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens - the club's second and third highest scorers - also prefer to play out wide or behind a main striker.

Callejon, signed from Real Madrid alongside Higuain and Raul Albiol last summer, has chipped in with 12 goals with Higuain leads the Italian club with 14.

But Benitez is on the lookout for another main forward, and he's reportedly targeting Batshuayi.

The €8m-rated forward has been heavily linked with Arsenal, who are thought to be eager to strengthen their attacking options at the end of the season.

Nicklas Bendtner is set to depart the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer, which would leave Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as the club's only recognised senior forwards.

The A Bola report also quashes speculation that Benfica have a pre-contract agreement with Batshuayi to sign him at the end of the campaign.

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