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Arsenal competing with Galatasaray for Benzema

Arsenal are competing with Galatasaray for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The Daily Mal says Benzema's agent Karim Dzajiri has met twice with Galatasaray, who were represented by Muzzi Ozcan, the same London-based agent who brokered their swoop to recruit Roberto Mancini.

They met once in Paris and once in Madrid, and revealed that Real wanted 33m Euros for the 25-year-old striker.

This fee is out of reach for the Turkish champions but not for Arsenal, who would like to sign another centre forward in January to provide cover and competition for Olivier Giroud, as Arsene Wenger attempts to convert what has been very a promising start into a full-scale title challenge.

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