Kalou and Benayoun hopeful of Arsenal switch

Chelsea duo Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun are hopeful of securing moves to Arsenal in the summer according to a source close to SqueakyBumTime.

Both players are surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge as owner Roman Abramovich plans a major squad overhaul with Kalou set leave on a free at the expiration of his contract in June.

Despite making 247 appearances and scoring 60 goals for the Blues the Ivory Coast international has struggled to nail down a first team slot in the  six-years since arriving from Feyenoord with almost half of his games coming from the substitutes bench.

The 26-year-old’s last game for the club came in Saturday’s Champions League win over Bayern Munich with the announcement that he will be released coming just five days later.

It’s likely he will be joined in the West London departure lounge by Benayoun who has spent the season on loan with Arsenal and is thought to keen to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond his current spell.

The Israeli featured intermittently for Arsene Wenger’s side playing just 25 times but impressed the 62-year-old with his effort and commitment when called upon.

At 32-years of age the former West Ham and Liverpool winger is eager to remain in the Premier League and would prefer to do a deal that would allow him to remain in North London instead of returning to Chelsea.

Kalou is also rumoured to be interested in a switch to Arsenal and it’s thought Wenger is open to the possibility of bringing him on board to boost his numbers in attack especially as he would come without a price tag.

The winger was a reported £3 million target for the Gunners boss during the January transfer window and is hoping to link up with fellow countryman Gervinho who joined the club from Lille 12-months ago.