Arsenal transfer target Karim Benzema is currently unhappy at Real Madrid, with the electronic board always showing the No. 9, as per the reports. And the Daily Star has suggested the La Liga giants could be set to offload the France international striker next summer. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will let Benzema leave the Santiago Bernabeu with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski lined up as a replacement, as claimed by the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners are now highly likely to return Spain to make a swoop for Benzema after they tried and failed to sign the former Lyon striker over the summer – with the star saying Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was ready to cough up £50m for his signature. The French tactician is a huge long-term admirer of his compatriot and has been linked with the player perennially.
In the summer, Benzema – who is currently embroiled in a court case for being involved in a sex tape plot to blackmail his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena – took to Instagram to put to bed rumours of his move to the Emirates.
“There was nothing in the talk of a transfer away from Real Madrid,” Benzema said after snubbing Arsenal. “I’m happy at my current club, it’s the best in the world. I’ll continue to work here and be happy where I am.”
Benzema has been superb this season, scoring seven times in eight games. But he has completed the full 90 minutes just twice so far this term and has said he is fed up of being frequently replaced by boss Rafa Benitez. “It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9,” he said. “Ask Benitez why that is.”