Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will reject Arsenal in favour of a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain - if the newly-crowned European champions decide to sell the France international this summer.
The Daily Star cite reports in Spain as claiming Benzema, whose contract at the Bernabeu expires next summer, wants to quit Real Madrid in order to secure a lucrative move to oil-rich PSG. However, at this stage it’s unclear whether the Ligue 1 outfit - who have already been fined £50m for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations - will launch a bid for the 26-year-old.
Benzema is believed to be top of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s summer transfer wish-list. The Gunners’ boss hinted that the north London outfit were preparing a bid for the French striker while commentating on last Saturday’s Champions League final, in which Benzema helped Los Blancos win the European Cup for the first time since 2002.
Wenger said Benzema “Could play his last game for Real Madrid today,” before adding he was “Sure [Benzema] would play in the Premier League one day”.
Arsenal have the funds available to sign the Real Madrid striker, who might be tempted to join the Gunners with several of his international teammates at the Emirates Stadium as well as Mesut Ozil, who played alongside the striker for three years in the Spanish capital.
There has also been speculation that Benzema will sign a new contract with Real Madrid, although much could depend on whether or not the La Liga giants successfully lure Luis Suarez away from Liverpool this summer. Los Blancos would almost certainly need to pay a world-record fee in order to sign the Uruguay international, who finished the season as the Premier League’s top scorer, this summer.