Arsenal are considering another approach for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger has Olivier Giroud as the first choice striker in the squad, while having the services of Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott who can play up front. The Frenchman is looking to further bolster his attacking options for the next season.
The report suggests the north London club have seen their initial bid for Benzema being turned down by the Spanish capital club. Real want to retain the France international and are unwilling do business this summer.
Wenger has identified Benzema as a priority signing as he has set his sights on bringing him to the Emirates. He is looking to add more fire power to Arsenal's strike force as they look to win the title after admitting winning the league is no longer impossible.
The striker's agent Karim Djaziri confirmed his client will be "1,000 per cent" at Real next season, as quoted by the Mirror. Despite that, the Premier League outfit will test the La Liga giants' resolve.
Arsenal are still keen on landing Benzema and will make a second bid in the latter stages of the summer transfer window. Wenger is a long-term admirer of his compatriot and is ready to continue the pursuit of signing him until the end of this ongoing window.
The Emirates cub's boss is also not considering other alternatives as he wants to continue Arsenal's chase in signing Benzema. Meanwhile, Real manager Rafael Benitez remains confident the 27-year-old will stay at Santiago Bernabeu.
"In this case, Karim is our player so I will not talk about that. I hope, I'm sure, that he will stay with us," Benitez said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"People are asking me about different players that maybe we will buy and I always say the same thing, 'he's not our player, I will not talk about that'."