Arsenal gossip: Barcelona star wanted, but Benzema deal less likely

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:

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Arsene Wenger has put Barcelona’s holding midfielder Sergio Busquets at the very top of his transfer target wishlist, according to the Metro.

The Spaniard has only just signed a new contract that could see him stay at the Nou Camp until 2019.

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Arsenal’s move for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema seems much less likely, after the Daily Express reported that the striker took part in an event for the La Liga side in Shanghai.

The Frenchman previously posted a cryptic message that hinted he could be on the move.

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Arsenal have beaten Barcelona and Manchester United to the signing of Ajax wonderkid Donyell Malen, the Daily Star report.

The club are set to announce the 16-year-old’s arrival imminently.

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They also look set to win the race to sign France under-18 international Ismael Bennacer, according to the Daily Star.

The 17-year-old, who was also wanted by Manchester City, is set to sign a five-year deal at the Emirates.

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Finally, Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has revealed that he turned down a switch to the north London side as a youngster, the Daily Star report.

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