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Former Arsenal midfielder David Bentley has urged Wenger to make a move for Gareth Bale.
With Wenger scouring the market for Alexis Sanchez’s replacement, Bentley has urged Wenger to try to sign Bale, who he believes would be a perfect replacement.
It’s no longer news Arsenal may have to sell Sanchez in the January transfer window in order not to lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
This has apparently led to the search of a replacement and Bentley who passed through Arsenal’s academy ranks before moving to Spurs believes Wenger should make a move for Bale.
“In the January window they’re going to be struggling to get a concrete, long-term replacement. It’s a difficult market to operate under because nobody wants to release their players,” said Bentley, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“But for me, if there was an option of going for Gareth Bale – who is available and can have an effect long-term – then Arsenal will pay the wages. That would put the cat among the pigeons. That would be controversial to say the least.
“But if you’re looking around the world at the minute for an unknown or a foreign player without Premier League experience then it’s very difficult to get them up to speed straight away.
There are a few rumours and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was available and £86m would be a snip. Bale can do everything and is one of the best players I’ve ever seen.
“He’s also commercially good. If they can get him for £86m they can more than manage the £300,000 a week or whatever he’s on. That would be the player I’d target.”
Although Bale will be a perfect signing, I don’t think there’s any realistic chance of him coming to Arsenal. The financial obligations would be on the high side and could put us under the financial fair play spotlight.
Bale established himself as one of Premier League’s best forwards before he moved to Real Madrid in 2013 but he has struggled to make an impact at the Bernabeu.
He’s struggled with injuries in recent seasons and there are talks that Madrid will now listen to offers for his services.