Arsenal Offered Chance to Finally Sign Long-Term Target Karim Benzema in £44m Deal

?According to reports in Spain, Arsenal are set to be offered the opportunity to bring Real Madrid and France striking starlet Karim Benzema to north London.

There have been frequent whispers over the past three or four transfer windows of Arsenal attempting to sanction a move for the 29-year old, but these rumours have persistently failed to come into fruition.

However, according to notorious Spanish rumourmongers Don Balon (via the Daily Star), that could be about to change.

Perez is in search of a new-look frontline for Real.

Real Madrid are considering allowing Benzema to leave Los Blancos – whom he has represented since 2009 – for a fee expected to be in the region of £44m, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly wanting to cash in on the attacker to fund a shake-up of the club’s attacking line.

Benzema has bagged 127 goals in 247 appearances for Real, and would be a welcomed addition to Arsenal’s side, providing a much-needed winning mentality in the Gunners’ long quest for the Premier League title. However, this deal doesn’t come without its cons for the north Londoners.

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Despite formerly representing Barcelona, Real have supposedly identified Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez as an ‘ideal replacement’ for Benzema. The Chilean has entered the final 12 months of his current contract, with the Gunners running the risk of losing their prized asset on a free transfer in the next summer transfer window.

Benzema could lead a new-look frontline with French compatriot and former Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette, who has enjoyed an impressive start to his Arsenal career following his club-record £52m move, scoring two goals in his first five appearances.

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