Carlo Ancelotti has urged Florentino Perez to not sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as he prefers Arsenal target Karim Benzema, reports El Confidencial.
The Real Madrid president is preparing to hold an end-of-season review with Real Madrid's board of directors with the agenda centred around the performance of the team next season, and the direction the club should take in the transfer market.
With just one-year left on his contract, the future of Benzema will be high on the list of priorities and it is believed Perez would be willing to sell the France international if they manage to sign Suarez as a replacement.
However, Ancelotti has told Perez that he is not keen on the idea of embedding the controversial Uruguayan into the Real Madrid line up. The consensus in the dressing room is that Suarez would not compliment the styles of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Alternatively, Benzema works hard for his mega star teammates, linking up play and providing space for them to flourish. Ronaldo himself has already told Real Madrid that he does not want to lose Benzema as a teammate and is not keen in sharing the forward line with Suarez.
The Liverpool striker is widely regarded as the best striker in the world at the moment after scoring 31 goals in the Premier League last season. Despite declaring his happiness to stay at Anfield, Real Madrid were still ready to test the resolve of Brendan Rodgers with a significant bid.
Unlike other clubs, Real Madrid do not leave decision on transfers down to the manager, but Ancelotti will have a growing influence on Perez after claiming La Decima last season. His preference would be to keep Benzema at the club, which would effectively end Arsenal's hopes of signing him.
Arsene Wenger has been scouring the globe in search of an available world-class striker. Benzema has long been linked with a move to the Emirates and the hope was that Suarez moving to Spain would open that door. But if Ancelotti gets his way, Benzema will sign a new contract and Arsenal will have to look out for alternative targets.
Benzema has already made clear his desire to remain at the Bernabeu, and is willing to sign a new contract. It seems his performances at the World Cup will have a big bearing on his future, leaving Arsenal in the curious position of hoping he has a terrible tournament.
A potential alternative for Arsenal would be Croatia star Mario Mandzukic, who was suspended for the World Cup's opening game against Brazil, finishing 3-1 to the hosts.
Wenger will reportedly use his position as a pundit of French TV to scout out possible transfer targets.