Deal Close- Arsenal in staggering swoop for £150,000-a-week La Liga striker

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According to reports, Arsenal have eyed up a transfer for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez if the wantaway forward gets his wish and leaves the club this summer transfer window.

The Chile international attacker’s future remains uncertain with five weeks left of the summer transfer window to run after starting the final season of his Arsenal contract.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has repeatedly made it public he has no desire of selling the 28-year-old, who has Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giant Manchester City among his suggested suitors.

The South American may push for an exit from the North London club in an attempt to ply his trade in the UEFA Champions League next season, however, with both PSG and Manchester City expected to table an official bid before the summer transfer market shuts for trade.

According to Spanish newspaper Don Balon, France international striker Benzema is Arsene Wenger’s primary target to replace contract rebel Alexis Sanchez should that be the case, and Wenger is set to spend big to get the forward.

Arsenal have so far signed one big-name player this summer transfer window, landing Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 side Lyon for a club-record fee of £52.6m.

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