Wenger Eager To Land Benfica Ace

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his attacking department ahead of the new season and is mulling over a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.

The 29 year old had earlier been linked with a move to Chelsea but the Blues seemed to have cooled their interest in the prolific striker. Within days after Robin Van Persie declared his decision to not re-sign with the Gunners, Le Professor has reacted quickly to find themselves a replacement. The Paraguayan, who netted 20 goals last season for Benfica, has been one of the top scorers in the Primeira Liga ever since he made his move to the Lisbon club back in 2007.

Arsene Wenger is confident that the big South American can adapt himself easily to the English game and is pleading with the Emirates officials to sign him. Benfica value the striker at £16m and it remains to be seen if the Londoners spent that big an amount for a 29 year old. Cardozo, meanwhile, chose to down play any interest that the Premier League clubs have in him.

“Right now I only have Benfica in my head,” said the 29-year-old. “I have two years more on my contract and I don’t worry about leaving the club or not.”