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Arsenal eye 'mystery striker' if Karim Benzema deal falls through

Transfer rumours

Published 22/07/2015 | 08:31

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

It's not just Manchester United keeping their transfer cards close to their chests - Arsenal are also reportedly ready to move for a 'mystery striker' should their efforts to sign Real Madrid's Karim Benzema fall through.

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Arsene Wenger is understood to have already told Benzema's agents that he wants to sign the Frenchman, and is gradually building up his efforts to clinch a deal ahead of transfer deadline day.

However, The Metro reports that, according to respected Spanish journalist Kike Marin, the Arsenal manager has a 'secret' back-up option.

Many experts believe the Gunners are just a marquee striker away from seriously challenging for the Premier League title, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Edin Dzeko and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

OIivier Giroud has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The 28-year-old joined the Gunners from Montpellier in 2012 in a deal worth around £9.6 million.

He has been rewarded with a fresh three-year contract worth £130,000-a-week and the deal sees the France international become one of Arsenal's highest earning players.

Speaking of forwards and Arsenal face a battle with Juventus to sign Schalke forward Julian Draxler.

And it looks as the though the Italian giants may have stolen a march on the Gunners with Schalke reportedly giving Juve permission to open negotiations.

According to Goal.com, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to Germany on Tuesday with a £20 million offer for the World Cup winner.

However, the Gelsenkirchen outfit value him closer to £28 million and Juve are balking at the price, even though they are about to offload Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich.

Roma have made a move to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a season-long loan.

Arsenal's signing of Petr Cech has pushed Szczesny further down the club's pecking order, but the Pole does not want to leave the Emirates permanently at this stage.

Similarly, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger still believes Szczesny can be a top goalkeeper so a loan move may well work best for all parties.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Szczesny is prepared to stay at the Emirates and fight for his place, but a season playing regular football at Roma will be better for the 25-year-old's development.

And finally, United are reportedly set to rival Arsenal for the signing of Barcelona starlet Oriol Busquets after tabling a 'significant offer' for the 16-year-old. A defensive midfielder like his namesake, Oriol is being touted as the player to step into Sergio's shoes - if Barcelona can keep hold of him.

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