Karim Benzema open to joining Arsenal this summer

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Karim Benzema told Arsene Wenger that he would be willing to join Arsenal this summer if his position in the Real Madrid squad becomes unstable, reports El Confidencial.

The Madrid-based broadsheet has made a habit of reporting on the city's biggest football club and has built a reliable reputation over the last two summer transfer windows.

As Sport Witness note, the journalists at El Confidencial were one of the first to report on Mesut Ozil's exit in 2013 as well as Gonzalo Higuain's and Angel di Maria's move to Napoli and Manchester United respectively.


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Now they are dead set on Benzema's impending doom as they believe new manager Rafa Benitez is ready to ditch the Frenchman in favour of playing either Gareth Bale of Cristiano Ronaldo in the central-striker role.

Should Benzema find himself on the fringes of this new-look Real Madrid squad, then Arsenal are ready to tempt Florentino Perez into a sale. Wenger has been a long-term admirer of the striker and previously attempted to sign him as well as Ozil two summers ago.

Perez was not ready to sell then but it seems Wenger will finally get his chance this summer and has reported got £40m in place to get the deal done.

The phone call

But to make sure he was not wasting his time, El Confidencial claim that Wenger called Benzema to make sure the 27-year-old would be interested in moving to the Emirates.

Benzema told him that he was not ready to call it quits just yet, but should Bale or Ronaldo become the spearhead of Benitez's team, he will indeed be willing to move to north London.

That was enough to keep Wenger on his toes and it seems that the £40m put aside for Benzema could be called into action before September 2.

Replacing Olivier Giroud

The arrival of Benzema would directly effect Olivier Giroud, who is the current first-choice striker for the Gunners. However, as Thierry Henry amongst many others has noted, the former Montpellier frontman is not considered to be of sufficient quality to lead a Premier League title challenge.

But alongside Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, Giroud is not required to score the 25+ goals that the Arsenal of old used to rely on from the likes of Henry or Robin van Persie.

In Sanchez and Walcott, they have two wingers who can score 15+ goals themselves and are also capable of playing in a central role if Giroud is incapacitated. Benzema would certainly improve the squad, but is he really worth spending £40m on?


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