Karim Benzema to Manchester United is a “genuine possibility” this summer according to German football expert Lee Price, but if the French forward really is available then there’s no reason Arsene Wenger shouldn’t be able to bring him to Arsenal.
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Price insists that the move all hinges on Borussia Dortmund and their willingness to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but claims that the Gabon international is “incredibly likely” to join Real Madrid.
If Aubameyang really does make the switch to La Liga then Benzema will almost certainly be sold, so Wenger needs to be on alert to beat Man United to the punch.
Wenger has long been linked with a move for Benzema, as he’s known to be a fan of his compatriot. Up until now a move hasn’t been possible, but that looks like it may change this summer.
Benzema moving to United is a genuine possibility – and so much rests on Dortmund.
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“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is one of the Bundesliga’s biggest stars, is incredibly likely to join Madrid.
“Originally he was set to commit another season to Dortmund in payback for the platform they’ve granted him, but Real’s urgency this summer means such loyalty will have to be scrapped for his dream move.
“Auba’s made little effort to conceal the fact that he dreams of Barcelona and Real.
“Of course, the money in the Premier League means you can’t rule out an English switch but Real – with a transfer ban looming and an ageing Ronaldo – are ready to break the bank.
“Dortmund won’t make it easy, having already lost Mats Hummels, but know the huge fee for Aubameyang could help reinforce their entire squad.
“Auba signing for Madrid will then push Benzema closer to United. He knows he would have to spend plenty of time on the bench – something he won’t be happy with.
“Jose Mourinho will be keeping a close watch, for sure.”
While Manchester United obviously have the ability to throw their financial weight around, we aren’t exactly poor. The fact that we can offer Champions League football is also a massive tick in the Arsenal box, so we certainly shouldn’t feel threatened by United.
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New Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has also labeled Benzema lazy in the past (via the Daily Mail), so the striker may not be keen to work with him again. We badly need a new striker, so if Benzema is available we should definitely move for him.