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Sunday 4 December 2016

Gunners join United in hunt for unsettled Bayern star Mario Gotze

Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana
Germany's Mario Gotze celebrate winning the World Cup after the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio do Maracana

Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the hunt for the Germany international Mario Gotze after his agent launched a stinging attack on Bayern Munich for their treatment of the player.

Gotze, who was strongly linked with Arsenal before joining Bayern, has yet to fully establish himself at the Bundesliga club, despite his obvious talent.

His agent, Volker Struth, has blasted Bayern and manager Pep Guardiola for their "poor treatment" of Gotze, saying "he needs more support".

The comments have sparked fresh transfer talk, with the Gunners and United in a two-way battle for the German, who is apparently valued at £49.6 million.

It is also being reported that Arsenal have been cleared to sign Karim Benzema, with Real Madrid open to selling him.

The Gunners are believed to be preparing a £17.8m bid for the France international.

With Rafael Benitez apparently wanting to use Cristiano Ronaldo as his main striker next season, and with Gareth Bale played through the middle, it appears Benzema will be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu.

United are also thought to be interested in Benzema, as they look to replace Radamel Falcao.

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