Friday 30 September 2016

Arsenal 'set to launch audacious bid for Robert Lewandowski'

Published 31/07/2015 | 13:45

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski

Arsenal are set to launch an audacious £35 million swoop for Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

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As has been widely reported, the Gunners need a proven striker and have been strongly linked with Karim Benzema of Real Madrid.

However, with that deal dragging on, The Daily Express now claims that Arsenal will turn to Poland international Lewandowski, with a £35 million bid set to go in.

Bayern, we are told, are likely to want more for the player, but Arsenal have huge cash reserves to dip into.

Man Utd have already tried and been denied when it comes to Lewandowski, so Arsenal's chances are slim.

Benzema is a more likely target and The Metro says Real Madrid will accept a £40 million bid.

After having a £31.3 million offer rejected, chatter in Spain apparently suggests Real are willing to do business, but only for the right price.

Real, we are told, will likely sign Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus if Benzema does end up leaving the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema is a reported target for Arsenal
Karim Benzema is a reported target for Arsenal

Arsenal have also made an opening offer of £24.4 million for Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, reveals The Metro.

Barca are so far refusing to open talks, as they want the player to stay, while he is also keen on staying, but reports in Spain add that Arsenal will return with more money to twist Barca's arm.

Ismael Bennacer's transfer to Arsenal has reportedly been completed, with the player posing for pictures while signing his contract.

Bennace, says L'Equipe, has accepted a five-year contract to join the Gunners from Arles-Avignon ahead of Manchester City.

While neither club has made an official announcement about the 18-year-old, the deal has been confirmed with a photo doing the rounds on Twitter showing Bennace signing the contract.

Arsenal are thought to be paying £150,000 in compensation, with the player set to go straight into the U21 team for the new season.

And finally, Joel Campbell is on his way out of Arsenal (again) as Palermo close in on his signature.

Campbell has already been farmed out for FIVE loan spells - and Arsenal are prepared to listen to permanent offers.

But poor Campbell might have to settle for ANOTHER loan stint as Palermo are struggling to meet the £7 million valuation. David Moyes's Real Sociedad and Turkish side Trabzonspor are also keen.

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