Arsenal are planning another raid of Real Madrid with a £35m move for French striker Karim Benzema as the Spanish giants undergo changes following a disappointing season, Goal reporter Greg Stobart suggests.
Benzema has been an unsung hero at Real Madrid and despite playing as a central striker, his role is mainly to assist flying wingers Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Florentino Perez announced the departure of Carlo Ancelotti on Monday (via BBC Sport) and as ever with regime changes at managerial level, each player’s role is under threat.
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When Ancelotti replaced Jose Mourinho in 2013, he indicated that a certain Mesut Ozil wasn’t a guaranteed starter in his team (via ESPN) – The German wizard is now part of our squad.
There are many possible scenarios regarding a potential move for Benzema and much will depend on where Ronaldo is deployed next season. As he enters his 30s, a move centrally as Real Madrid’s spearhead has been mooted, a tactical move which could alienate Benzema.
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For Arsene Wenger, the boss will have to decide if he’s ready to bring in Frances’s No.1 forward to displace Olivier Giroud, which could affect the latter’s international career.
Hopefully, the boss has inherited a ruthless streak and will do what is best for the club in the short-term. A striker like Benzema is one of the calibre to lead us to the Premier League title.