A report from Metro has suggested that Karim Benzema’s move to Arsenal could be close, as bookmakers have slashed the odds on the France international striker joining the north London club.
One of the most goal-guaranteeing centre forwards in Europe, Benzema uploaded a cryptic message to his official Instagram account on Tuesday, thereby making the media seething with news that a move to Arsenal may well be in the offing for the Real Madrid forward.
Arsene Wenger is interested in amplifying his options up front and Benzema has been pinpointed as the man to lead the Arsenal attack or be a partner to Olivier Giroud, as reports reckon, in the upcoming campaign.
Benzema, 27, has been a long term Arsenal target and although a couple of other sides are also interested in the Frenchman, the Gunners have appeared to be the only side not being pusillanimous in the player’s pursuit as Arsene Wenger rates him highly.
However, the north Londoners have had an initial bid in the excess of £30million rejected, but bookies are still believing the deal could still happen.
Putting that Instagram post into consideration, Sky Bet have now slashed the odds on the Gunners landing Benzema from 7/2 to 11/10, as Arsenal ready a reported new offer of £40.5million for the erstwhile Lyon striker.
Signing Benzema will send Arsenal’s title rivals into shivers as the Los Blancos forward would easily turn into goals, the chances the Gunners’ attacking players will be creating which Giroud, to be fair, has sometimes been wasteful in converting.