The Karim Benzema to Arsenal transfer rumours are hotting up again, and they say there is no smoke without fire. The Daily Mail claims Real Madrid are willing to sell at the right price, but insist we’d need to make a record breaking bid of at least £45m to convince the La Liga giants to let him go.
As the report states, our previous record signing – also from Real Madrid – was Mesut Özil back in 2013. We signed the German World Cup winner for £42.5m (via the Daily Mail), smashing our previous transfer record by more than £20m.
The Mail claims Madrid are resigned to losing Benzema this summer, and that the higher ups are willing to sell – even if new Bernabeu boss Rafa Benitez isn’t so keen.
“Hopefully everyone will continue here and we can win the league,” Benitez said in a recent press conference.
The report puts particular emphasis on his use of the word hopefully, suggesting that he’s not in control of whether Benzema stays or goes.
A big enough bid will seemingly tempt the Spanish side into selling, and with the financial restraints lifted, we are more than capable of matching their valuation.
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Getting our hopes up about Benzema’s potential arrival seems risky and could end in heartbreak. The rumour mill is working overtime however, and the stories linking him with a move to the Emirates don’t look like stopping any time soon.