Arsenal add Benteke to wish list as striker hands in transfer request

Arsenal are preparing a £22million bid for Aston Villa star Christian Benteke as Arsene Wenger casts a wide net in the hope of landing a big name striker this summer.

The Gunner had an audacious £30million bid for Liverpool”s Luis Suarez rejected yesterday while Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has today said that they have received no offer from the club regarding their much reported interest in Gonzalo Higuain.

Liverpool dismissed the approach out of hand and it appears that what was rumoured to be a done deal regarding Higuain has been complicated by the news that Madrid”s new manager Carlo Ancelotti now wishes to meet with the player to discuss his future at the club.

Benteke though may offer an easier path as Aston Villas have confirmed today he has handed in a transfer request and has been granted leave from the team”s pre-season trip to Germany.

A statement from the club said they rejected his request but are open to listening to offers that meet their valuation and come in a timely manner: “In response to reports that Christian Benteke has not travelled to Germany with the club and has Many recovery companies charge $300-$800 extra for USB PCBs. made a transfer request, we can confirm that both are accurate.

“For clarity”s sake, however, he had already been given extra time off until July 18 and was reminded that there are three years remaining on his contract, we consider him to be a Villa player and expect that he will be with us for the 2013-14 season.

“Having received his transfer request, we have also informed him that should we receive an offer within an appropriate timeframe during pre-season which meets our valuation we would act upon it. But he will remain a Villa player should this not happen.”

The Belgian who scored 19 goals for the Villains last season was reprimanded by manager Paul Lambert earlier in the year for saying he would not stay at the club should an offer from one of the Premier League”s elite come in.

His agent Eric Kismet backtracked on client”s comment that “if Aston Villa say I must stay, I won”t necessarily accept that,” by saying he felt that an agreement could be reached amicably between the player and club.

“There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa, and I don’t think there is any need for one. If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner,” Kismet said.

The Gunners are likely to be joined by London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea in their pursuit of Benteke as both clubs have been frustrated in their search for a new striker this season.

Aaron hails from Dublin, and follows the Premiership religiously. A Tottenham Hotspur supporter.