It came as an exciting bit of news to hear that Arsenal are making moves for both Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. Both of them are top players and I would love to see them here but I do not think there is a realistic chance of signing Benzema at the moment.
As all Arsenal fans will remember with a grudge, we have previously missed out on Gonzalo Higuain who was at Real Madrid. Napoli stole him out of our hands and that left Real Madrid with one less striker.
Napoli even signed Madrid’s other striker Jose Callejon. Karim Benzema is the only out and out striker left there now other than the young Alvaro Morata. Morata has been tipped for big things and this season will be his breakthrough year by the looks of things, but Benzema is supposed to be the main man.
Real Madrid have all their resources tied up with trying to sign Gareth Bale. If they sell Benzema to us they will need to find a world class striker to replace him. In my opinion it is too late in the window to find an available world class striker and there are only a couple left on the market.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski come to mind but even the Polish striker seems to be staying exactly where he is for the season. It would make sense for Carlo Ancelotti to link up with Ibrahimovic again but that is still very unlikely under current circumstances.
We have apparently offered, or are going to, £40M for the French striker but I fear that may not be enough to tempt them into accepting. Unless they plan on moving Ronaldo or Bale into the centre, they will not sell to us.
We still have a decent chance of getting Di Maria though which is something at least.