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According to reports, Arsenal FC have begun preparations for life after Alexis Sanchez. Contract talks between the Gunners and the Chilean talisman have grown more complicated, and an exit from the club looks increasingly unavoidable for the 29-year-old talisman.
Reports indicate that Arsene Wenger has looked to France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as a viable replacement for Sanchez. Having monitored the Frenchman for nearly a decade, it appears that Wenger intends to snap him up now, given his current goal-scoring struggles at Madrid. It is also believed that the player wants to have a taste of the English top flight before wrapping up his already illustrious career.
however, Wenger may have to fork out a huge sum to prize the striker away from Spain. In this era of super-expensive transfer fees, a player of Benzema’s caliber is expected to be justifiably expensive, given his impact over the last five seasons for both club and country.
Even though he only recently signed a new contract with a release clause of around one billion pounds, reports say that the Spanish giants are willing to listen to offers from potential buyers. Irrespective of the financial implications, Arsene Wenger will likely not be deterred by any price amount fixed: he
needs a striker, he has the means, and he has already begun to learn how to spend good money for quality players.
If speculations are anything to go by, Karim Benzema may be seen donning the Arsenal colours by as early as in January.
The penultimate season was his best in Madrid in which he scored 24 goals in 27 games.