According to Spanish newspaper Punto Pelota, representatives from an English club have arrived in Madrid in order to discuss the possibility of buying Karim Benzema for €50million.
Sources using quotes from Francois Gallardo, the renowned agent who has a reputation for breaking stories about imminent high-profile transfers, are speculating that an unnamed English side, thought to be either Arsenal or Chelsea, are to spend the next five days enquiring about the feasibility of a deal being struck which would see Benzema play in the Premier League next year.
Despite early calls from the Bernabeu faithful voicing their wishes to see the Frenchman sold on, Benzema is though to be a key figure in Carlo Ancelotti's plans and so a deal may not be struck at all. According to reports however that won't stop English clubs from trying to sign the prolific forward for a mooted €50million.
"Friday morning a person arrives in Madrid of England, mid-afternoon, which will be four or five days. [They] Come to prepare the offer to submit to the white club [Real Madrid," Gallardo said.
He went on to say that the club: "Will bid 50 million for Benzema.
"It will be very difficult as the player is loved by the directive.
"It would be an operation for June but clubs are already preparing. A most important people really like Karim [at Real Madrid], so it will be difficult," he concluded.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with moves for the 26-year-old, and will undoubtedly be looking at ways in which they can convince Los Blancos to let him go.
Just last week reports were released concerning a 'big' Premier League side linked with a €45million move for Benzema, and it now seems as though speculation is hotting up ahead of the January transfer window.