Arsene Wenger has quashed suggestions Arsenal are trying to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.
Speculation on the back page of The Sun claims the France international, long linked with a move to the Emirates, is the subject of a £40 million bid by the Gunners.
Speaking in Singapore at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Asia Trophy final showdown with Everton, the boss said:
“I don’t know where that story comes from but that’s not happening at the moment.”
We’ll leave it to you to determine what ‘at the moment’ means…
Benzema, 27, moved to the Santiago Bernabeu six years ago from Lyon in a deal worth £24.5 million and has since scored 134 goals in 281 appearances.
He’s certainly a player at the top end of the market, all the more so given he penned a new five-year deal last summer after helping Real to their tenth Champions League success.
Extra quotes from the boss have dropped on the issue of transfers…
“[The title] is our target and we feel we have a chance in a very competitive league. We are not far [away].
“I am happy with the squad we have. If I find an exceptional player to strengthen, I will do it.
“It depends what’s on the market. It is not easy, there are a lot of teams out there in Europe competing for the same player. We don’t rule it out and (also) don’t guarantee we sign.”