Real Madrid are reportedly open to selling Karim Benzema to Arsenal due to the huge debts currently burdening the club, providing the Frenchman indicates that he wants to leave, Spanish expert Graham Hunter told talkSPORT.
Benzema, who’s currently suffering from a thigh injury which hasn’t been given an accurate prognosis, has been heavily linked with us over the past few weeks.
According to The Telegraph, Arsene Wenger is refusing to give up on Benzema and is still hopeful that a deal can be concluded by the end of the window.
It seems as though reports in Spain and in England are concurrent in terms of our move for Benzema, which suggests that there may be movement behind the scenes.
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“Arsenal have the money and Real Madrid need the money,” Graham told the radio station.
“They are 500million euros in global debt, they are trying to buy David de Gea and won’t go the extra mile to get him off Manchester United because of the cash, so they need the money.
“It is a doable deal, but it won’t happen unless Benzema says to Real Madrid: ‘I want to go to Arsenal’.”
Given that Benzema’s agent recent stated that his client will “1,000%” be staying at the Bernabeu beyond the summer (via Goal), the 27-year-old asking for a move may not seem likely.
However, in any transfer deal, it would be rather rare for Wenger to pursue a player if he hasn’t been given any indication that the player is interested in a move.
It seems as though if this deal is solely linked with finances, we may be involved in the transfer market during the final weeks of the window once again.