Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is eyeing a double swoop with reports linking with a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema.
City’s £10m-rated England international is again being eyed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for Bacary Sagna, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is being lined up by French giants PSG.
This has forced the Gunners to delve into the market for a replacement despite having Carl Jenkinson in that position. With Wenger wanting another experienced option if Sagna, 30, fails to agree a new deal at The Emirates. City’s Richards seems to fit the bill.
The Gunners are also thought to be readying a fresh deal to try and reinforce their frontline with Madrid’s Benzema said to high on Wenger’s choice list and is thought to be valued at around £27.5m by Real Madrid.
Arsenal wont be the only one jostling for Benzema’s signature as Wenger would have to fend off the interest of Turkish champions Galatasaray and also match the Frenchman’s wages of 150k Pounds per week.
Both Benzema and Richards are plausible targets owing to their contract situations. Benzema’s deal has 18 months left to run while Richards is out of contract at the end of next season but stated recently that he would be happy to stay at City for another ten years. As interesting as that sounds, I doubt if Micah Richards would still stick to that promise if regular first team football continues to elude him. A move to Arsenal will benefit his career and throw him back into the spotlight, enhancing his chances of making it into the Three Lions squad for the 2014 World Cup. With regular football under his belt, he could leap frog Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker in the race for England;s right back spot. Richards would be a long term replacement for Sagna and his versatility will also see him help out in the central defence.