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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that summer target Luis Suarez still holds the key to his summer spending plans even if the Uruguay striker does not come to the Emirates Stadium, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Like the chain involved in buying a house, there is a domino effect in football with clubs only willing to sell if a replacement can be found.
The Gunners are hoping to add Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to their ranks before the transfer window closes on Sept. 2, says Cross, but Wenger admits the Bernabeu club will want a replacement before they do business.
That's part of the fact you need three agreements for anybody. It's true that it is sometimes connected with other clubs. But we have to accept that.
We have our targets, we will try to achieve that and I am confident we will get there. We will not go into the new season with only the number of players we have.
Cross claims Liverpool forward Suarez is a target for Real, but Arsenal could turn to Diego Costa if they miss out on Benzema despite the striker recently signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal are also looking at Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla if they cannot land Vicente Guaita from Valencia, according to the report.