No secret has been made of our desire to sign Karim Benzema this summer (via the Express), but so far a deal is yet to materialise. The transfer is apparently close to completion though, with a journalist for The Guardian Emanuele Giulianelli reporting the news on Twitter (courtesy of the Daily Star).
He has written for FourFourTwo, La Gazzetta dello Sport, and The Guardian, so at least has some level of credibility. We should perhaps take the rumours with a pinch of salt for the moment, but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Benzema deal is on: best offer is from Arsenal, £45mln. They will take a decision soon. He wants to reach Wenger.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 13, 2015
Based on his tweets, it seems as though Real Madrid have identified a replacement for Benzema – with Giulianelli insisting a €35m bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has been lodged.
First offer from Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund for Marco Reus: €35mln — Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 15, 2015
Benzema is a top quality forward and is exactly the type of player we need to help take us to the next level. Arsene Wenger has looked unsure whether to opt for Olivier Giroud or Theo Walcott to spearhead our attack, but if Real Madrid’s French forward were to arrive then that particular selection headache would be removed.
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Hopefully there is some truth in these rumours, as we arguably need a couple more signings to compete with Europe’s elite this season.