Arsenal are growingly confident that they can agree a deal for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema before the end of the transfer window.
This is according to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, who says the La Liga outfit have let Arsene Wenger know that they are open to selling the striker for the right price.
New boss Rafa Benitez has already come out saying that he expects the 27-year-old to stay at the Bernabeu, but with Gareth Bale expected to get the chance to impress up front, he could find his opportunities limited.
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The same report says Arsenal rate Benzema at around £35million but other reports have suggested that Real Madrid want closer to £45m.
Wenger has also told reporters that he not pursuing a deal for the France international, but Woods says that is just out of respect for Real Madrid and he is very much interested in getting a deal done.
Matt Law wrote the story for the Telegraph while David Hytner compiled to Guardian report. Both were in Munich to watch Real Madrid and Tottenham play in the Audi Cup.
That suggests they received their information from a source within Real Madrid or possibly Benzema's camp. It means someone outside of Arsenal is intent on keeping this rumour going.
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