It appears Arsene Wenger will have to look for an alternative striker to add to his squad this summer, as it looks like Rafa Benitez has put an end to rumours linking Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal.
It was then claimed the Gunners went back in with a £35.3 million for Benzema – which is believed to have been rejected once again.
However, Arsenal are now said to have set aside £45.8 million to make the deal finally happen, but it appears even that won’t be enough to prise him away from the Bernabeu after Benitez insisted he will be a Real player this season:
‘My answer is yes I think he will stay with us.
‘I don’t see any problem. He trains really well and I am pleased with him.’
This transfer rumour looks set to go the distance this summer, and even though Benitez thinks Benzema will remain at Arsenal, anything is still possible.
Real insisted Mesut Ozil wasn’t leaving Real for Arsenal in 2013…look where he is now.