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Premier League trio lead chase for Benzema

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Real Madrid are prepared to offload striker Karim Benzema in January – and will look to recoup around £17m for the France international, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all keen to sign the France international and have been alerted to his availability.

Benzema, who joined Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009 for £25m, has scored 91 goals in 193 appearances for Los Blancos.

However, his inconsistent and sometimes lackadaisical displays have drawn criticism from the Real Madrid faithful, many of whom would rather see home-grown talent Alvaro Morata start matches.

Real Madrid, though, will need to bring in another striker before selling Benzema following the summer sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli.

Arsenal were linked to Benzema in the summer transfer window but eventually splashed £42m on teammate Mesut Ozil instead, while Chelsea were linked to several big-name strikers before bringing in veteran Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o.

United, meanwhile, will reportedly have more money to spend after failing to land their main summer transfer targets - with the exception of midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

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