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Transfer talk: Arsenal rule out move for Suarez, target Real Madrid pair

Benzema and Di Maria are on Premier League club's radar, according to British media.

Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid forward, is yet another transfer target for Arsenal.
Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid forward, is yet another transfer target for Arsenal.

LONDON // Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, after declaring there is "no chance" the Uruguayan will move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal have had two bids for Suarez rejected during the current transfer window and, speaking after his side won 3-0 at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League play-off, Wenger said they would not be making another offer.

"[There is] absolutely no chance of that," Wenger said, in remarks widely reported in the British media on Thursday.

A number of British media outlets, including the BBC, claim that Arsenal have expressed an interest in signing Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria, the Real Madrid pair.

The London club have also had a bid for Yohan Cabaye, the Newcastle United's French midfielder, rejected.

Wenger would not be drawn on the identity of his transfer targets, but he confirmed that the club are working to bring in new players.

"We tried to bring one in, but we are working on that. You have to understand there is still a long way to go," he said.

"The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2.

"From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now."

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