Arsenal gossip: £40m striker bid CLOSE and Bellerin REJECTS Barca return

Friday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup.

Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Arsenal will offer £40m for Real Madrid’s 27-year-old French striker Karim Benzema, The Sun reports.

The Gunners have been on the striker’s trail for a while now and could finally launch a move into action as they seek reinforcements up front.

Jack Wilshere

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, wants to hold talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the new Premier League season in order to discuss where he stands in the first-team squad, The Independent reports.

Wilshere has been a target for Manchester City, but following the signing of Raheem Sterling may now be looking elsewhere for new midfielders.

Kieran Gibbs believes the Gunners are ready to win the Premier League – because they are mentally stronger than any team Arsenal team since the Invincibles, the Daily Mirror reports.

And the Arsenal and England left back reckons Arsene Wenger’s current crop of stars have already proved they have the grit to tough-out a title winning campaign by winning back-to-back FA Cups the last two seasons.


Hector Bellerin is set to reject a return to boyhood club Barcelona in favour of staying with Arsenal after the Gunners offered the youngster a bumper new contract, the Metro reports.

The Spanish full-back was a revelation in Mathieu Debuchy’s absence last season and made the right-back slot his own.

vidal chile

Bayern Munich have denied suggestions they have agreed a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, the Daily Star reports.

Yesterday, reports in Italy claimed the German giants, who recently relinquished the services of Bastian Schweinsteiger, have agreed a £28m fee for the Chile star.

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