Real Madrid will listen to offers for Karim Benzema

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Real Madrid will consider offers for striker Karim Benzema, opening the door to Premier League suitors Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the January transfer window.

The Daily Express cite reports in Spain when claiming that Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti is willing to listen to offers in the region of £40million for the talented French international forward.

Clean house

Ancelotti is set to clean house in 2015 with Fabio Coentrao and Iker Casillas heading for the exit door. Javier Hernandez is also unlikely to be offered a permanent deal, with the Mexican currently on loan at the Santiago Bernabeu from Manchester United.

Whether the Red Devils want Chicharito back at the end of his spell in Spain remains to be seen, but if Louis van Gaal can land Benzema instead then that is likely to be a more preferable option for the Old Trafford outfit.

Wages will be an issue for Manchester United to consider however, with Benzema recently signing a five-year deal reportedly worth £150,000-a-week. The English giants would have to offer something similar to entice the player to the Premier League.

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The same will apply to Liverpool, who are also said to be keen on bringing Benzema to England in the New Year.

Brendan Rodgers made a significant move to bring Mario Balotelli to Anfield in the summer, but the Italian has failed to hit top form on Merseyside as Luis Suarez's replacement for the Reds.

Rickie Lambert also arrived at Liverpool ahead of the new season, but he's struggled to make an impression this season as the second option. Were Benzema to arrive, he would certainly be the first option in attack.

Wenger's pursuit

It would be impossible to mention Benzema and the Premier League without Arsenal, who are also credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of his compatriot, and has a track record of bringing French players to the Emirates Stadium - particularly strikers.

After the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the summer, Benzema would be another exciting arrival in north London were Arsenal able to pull off the transfer coup, but Wenger knows he faces a battle to secure the signature.

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