Arsenal's resolve is set to be tested after reports have emerged suggesting Real Madrid are set to go after Gael Clichy. Jose Mourinho has made no secret that he is looking for a world-class left-back following his pursuit of Ashley Cole last summer and will now move for Frenchman Clichy by throwing striker Karim Benzema into the equation.

Former Lyon star Benzema has not spoken about a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu despite receiving just three league starts this season but Real president Florentino Perez is believed to be keen to cut his losses.

The French striker cost the Spaniards £30million last year but he is consistently overlooked by Mourinho who prefers Gonzalo Higuain up front.

With Madrid being told Tottenham's Gareth Bale is not for sale, they have moved to the next player on their list who is believed to be Clichy but know that Arsenal will not give him up lightly.

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