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Arsenal ‘Encouraged’ Over £40m Benzema Deal After Making Contact With Madrid

Arsenal have been encouraged that a £40m deal for Karim Benzema could be on the cards after making an enquiry to Real Madrid over the strikers availability

With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal move for Karim Benzema.


Arsenal have been encouraged that a £40m deal for Karim Benzema could be on the cards after making an enquiry to Real Madrid over the strikers availability, according to the Telegraph.

We’ve already failed with bids for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez this summer while any potential move for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney appears highly unlikely, and it seems Arsene Wenger has now turned his attention to Benzema as he looks to bring in a top name striker before the window closes.

The boss has been a relative by-stander so far this summer after only bringing in the free signing of Yaya Sanogo, but that appears set to change with the Frenchman stating after Wednesday nights 3-0 win over Fenerbache that his transfer window starts now while also confirming that any deal for Suarez is dead:

“Absolutely no chance of that [signing Suarez],” he said. “It is true that one bid for a striker did not work. That took a long time. We have to wake up from that now. I’m confident.

“The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and Sept 2. It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible. In the end, they go for decisions.” Wenger told the Telegraph

The Telegraph claim that Arsenal made contact with Madrid earlier this week to enquire over Benzema’s availability and were given encouragement that a potential £40m deal could be agreed as the Spaniard’s are desperate to raise money to fund their world record move for Gareth Bale.

On the face of it, it seems highly unlikely that Madrid would sell Benzema having already sold Gonzalo Higuain, but the newspaper suggests that Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to play Cristiano Ronaldo through the middle with Gareth Bale on the left and Angel Di Maria or Isco on the right, while highly-rated young striker Alvaro Mortata is also seen as being ready to make the step up next season.

The report also suggests that Benzema will be keen for assurances over his starting spot ahead of next summers World Cup and he may not be too happy to find out Ancelotti is planning on playing Ronaldo through the middle once Bale arrives, so a move to north London may not be out of the question.

Wenger has been a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old’s and I’m sure he’d jump at the chance to bring him to the Emirates. It seems we could be in for a busy final few days of the transfer window and the signing of Benzema would certainly be an excellent start to Arsenal’s business.

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Would you like to see Benzema sign for Arsenal? Do you think there’s any chance of it happening? Share your views below.



  1. Charles

    August 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Why interesting stories which never come to past!!!!! Wenger…..plz……..

  2. erico

    August 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Try suarez one more time please mr.wenger.

  3. Previgo

    August 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Dream on.. But i think a £30m bid for lewandowski will do the trick for us, i mean think about it..dortmund don’t want to sell to bayern, they now have aubameyang and i heard lewandowski has his heart set on a move to bayern next summer but shouldn’t we at least try with a £30m which i’m confident dortmund would bite of our hands to accept then wenger try and convince lewandowski to snub bayern in favour of us. Between benzema and lewandowki i know who my choice will be

    • afc dawg

      August 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      I don’t know who wenger would opt for out of lewandowski and benzema ones cheaper (lewandowski) ones French (benzema) I think it will come down to who younger lewandowski is younger by 1 year so that’s 2/3 for him 1/3 for benzema so that makes him the best wgk signing , wgk = wenger gazidis& kroenke signing

  4. Mihretab

    August 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Benzema is a big player who add massive strike in Arsenal squad.

  5. Prince tonero

    August 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    We need him.

  6. GunnerPete

    August 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I love all the ‘media rubbish’ about transfers don’t you? After all my years as a Gunner I think I have been it all In June I forecasted that Rooney was already sold to Chelski, Man U had allocated the money for the Everton two and Spurs had sold Bale to Madrid who would then spend the lot on half a team. I also believe that Suarez is on his way to Madrid and Benzema is on his way to AFC. Why we go through the Patomime in the press rmoths I don’t know?

  7. Geophrey Nyunja

    August 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Don’t give up on Suarez

  8. gestur

    August 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hi gunners out there. First of let me just say that i am confident that Wenger will bring in some players, big names? hahaha we will have to se. On Benzema, he would deffinetly ad good qualety that Arsenal ever so desperetly need.

  9. Mpokosho MJ

    August 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I don’t believe wenger anymore he’s un predictable in everything he can so plz wenger stop telling lies to the fans they love Arsenal FC. I as a fan of Arsenal FC I do understand that u’re time being the manager at the club is over that’s why u don’t care the future of Arsenal FC anymore

  10. Marion Ross

    August 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Before Chelsea make a bid COYG

  11. Ian Hawthorne

    August 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Benzema would be a fantastic signing but we can’t afford to get stuck in another haggling bout with Madrid. Either agree a price pronto or move on and get Jackson Martinez

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  13. richard balogun

    August 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I strongly appeal to wenger to spend the money available in order to bring in qualities players before transfer windows close.On the issue of Bensman,it will be a thing of joy if wenger can bring the player to our dearly club to apease the fans.

  14. adam

    August 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

    The problem is on back 4 and DM he better strength on this position before he go to strikers


    August 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Fans, let not deceive ourselves. Wenger has no intention of buying any top class player. He is turning to Benzema now to wet the appetite of fans. On 2nd September when the transfer window closes, we will see some unknown faces he will recruit over night. Let someone bet me if Wenger can spend up to 40m pounds on one player. It can’t happen. The man is a very good actor. Period

    • Shane

      September 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm


  16. afc dawg

    August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    umoh ewko that’s wrong cuz arsenal bid 40mil for suarez and benzema French so arsene will bid more for him

  17. timo victor

    August 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    am not Arsenal fan, but i think this rumours will disappear in atmosphre, like occured to Higuan,Rooney, Suares, and now Benzema. so let us see be4 the window closed.

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