Rafa Benitez has stated previously that the 27-year-old will remain a Real player after the transfer window closes, but the French striker continues to be linked with an audacious move to Arsenal.
If reports are to be believed, the Gunners have already tabled THREE offers for Benzema so far – all which were rejected.
But the Sunday Star claims Arsenal will make an official £50 million bid in the next 48 hours. This figure would certainly meet Real’s valuation of Benzema and, if accepted, would set a new transfer record for the Gunners.
The imminent offer from Arsenal would also be an indication to Benzema how much he is wanted at the Emirates this summer.
A source close to the Bernabeu now suggests the former Lyon star would seriously consider a move to Arsenal, despite his current commitment to Real:
‘It’s up to Arsenal to fight for Karim with a big offer.’
‘Then he could be their player in this window.’
Arsene Wenger has recently hinted that he may have to a ‘gamble’ in the market this summer to keep up with his Premier League rivals – could this be it?
If so, then Wenger will have to play it cool and keep his cards close to his chest because as soon as his interest in Benzema becomes known, other top sides from around Europe may decide to challenge him for the Frenchman’s signature.