Arsene Wenger has been given the all clear to break Arsenal’s transfer record to land Karim Benzema.
And the Gunners are also willing to eclipse current record signing Mesut Ozil’s £150,000-per-week wages to land their No 1 target.
Wenger is desperate to land Benzema this summer, believing the Real Madrid striker is the final piece in the jigsaw that would turn his side into genuine title contenders.
And the Gunners are prepared to break their financial records to make the deal happen.
They are willing to pay over the £42.5million they paid for Ozil in 2013 and will make Benzema the club’s top earner.
With Real Madrid hugely reluctant to sell Benzema, the Gunners know the Spanish Giants need an incentive to part with the Frenchman.
And Arsenal are hopeful that a huge fee will tempt Real into doing business.
Despite having a initial approach rejected earlier in the summer, Arsenal are refusing to give up on Benzema this summer.
Wenger believes Benzema would swap Madrid for London this summer should they be able to persuade Real into letting him leave.
Ideally, Real would want an equal replacement for Benzema before letting him go.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is long-term target for Real, but the English club don’t want to sell their star striker.