Arsenal are preparing to make a significant bid for Real Madrid's prolific striker Karim Benzema.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly targeting the French international for his developing team and is a huge fan of the player.
Sami Mokbel of the Mail Online says that the Arsenal boss has made moves for Benzema in both of the previous two summers, and he now hopes to finally land his primary target as Real Madrid turn their attentions to Luis Suarez.
Benzema has 12 months left on his contract leaving him in a strong position to either re-negotiate a new deal or force a move away this summer. And the Gunners are hopeful this could be the summer Real finally do business with regards to the Frenchman.
The Emirates Stadium club have been alerted to Real's growing interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and feel the Spanish giants will look to cash in on Benzema to fund a move for the Uruguayan.
The deadly attacker has been in stellar form for his club this season and will be travelling to the World Cup as France's primary striker.
In La Liga this season, he has scored 17 times in 34 matches and contributed eight assists, per WhoScored.com. He has also featured heavily in the Champions League for Real on their way to the final, bagging five goals and as many assists in 10 matches.
Ben Jefferson of the Express reported just before the January transfer window that Wenger was "obsessed" with adding Benzema to his squad as he searched Europe for a world-class striker.
Jefferson quoted FIFA agent Francois Gallardo telling Spanish football show Punta Pelota:
"Arsene Wenger wants Karim Benzema, he is the apple of their eye and they will try and get him by any means possible."
Undoubtedly, Benzema is the type of player Arsenal need to increase their chances of winning both the Premier League and Champions League.
After such a promising start the 2013/14 season, the Gunners reverted to type and ended up finishing in fourth place, per BBC Sport.
Wenger's side only scored 68 goals during their domestic league campaign—just four more than Manchester United in seventh position and 33 goals behind runners-up Liverpool.
Arsenal have relied on Olivier Giroud far too much over the past 12 months, and when injury removes the talents of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey from the team their attacking potential is decimated.
Will Karim Benzema sign for Arsenal?
If Wenger can prise Benzema from Madrid he will have taken a huge step toward advancing Arsenal's quest to once again become champions of England, and he will give his team the firepower they need to progress further in Europe.
But if Wenger fails to land a top striker in the summer, 2014/15 will likely be another frustrating season for Arsenal fans.