English Premier League club Arsenal is still hopeful it can lure star striker Karim Benzema away from Real Madrid. However, Arsenal must offer him at least £45 million, per Mail Online.
If Arsenal wants to lure Karim Benzema away from Real Madrid, it must offer him at least £45 million.
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Mail Online's Pete Jenson reported the development on Aug. 5. Arsenal was able to sign German midfielder Mesut Ozil for £42.5 million in 2013. Now, the club must invest more heavily if it wants to get Benzema.
According to Mirror Online's Adrian Kajumba, Arsenal is still pursuing Benzema. This despite Real Madrid's insistence he is staying.
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez claims Benzema is going nowhere.
"Benzema will stay with us," Benitez told Mirror Online's Liam Prednerville on Aug. 3. "I cant' see any reason why he would leave. We are very happy with him."
Nonetheless, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would love to sign Benzema. Kajumba describes him as Wenger's "dream striker target."
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla said his team is not likely going to sign Benzema. ESPN FC obtained the information from Cope.es:
"The coach has spoken about that. I would not know if there was interest or not.
"Benzema is a great player. Everyone would like to have him in their team. Benzema would fit in any team in the world, with the quality he has, and he would adapt very well, but the coach already has his team made, and probably will not look for another forward."
The ESPN FC update says Arsenal already has several attacking options in Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Both Cazorla and Walcott signed contract extensions with the club last week.
If Arsenal sign Karim Benzema we win the Premier League title, simple.— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) August 5, 2015
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will see more time at the striker position for Real Madrid. This would make Benzema expendable, per Jenson.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants Bale to be at the forefront of his team's attack. Bale said he is looking forward to more time at striker, per Mail Online.
Should Benzema stay with Real Madrid, he will start at center-forward, per Jenson.
If he bolts for Arsenal, Real Madrid will use a 4-4-2 system. Bale and Ronaldo will comprise the Los Blancos' front two. James Rodriguez, Isco, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will make up team's midfield quartet, per Mail Online.
If Benzema leaves, Jenson foresees Real Madrid signing another big-name player. This could be Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
Another option could be Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, per Jenson.
For now, Benitez would rather not talk about any big-name signings.
"I have said in five press conferences that I do not want to talk about players on other teams," he told Prenderville. "I speak of my goalkeepers and no other goalkeepers."
Kajumba says Real Madrid has two games left before the transfer window closes on Sept. 1. He expects Benzema to re-assess his future with the club during that span.
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