Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
Los Blancos had been expected to turn the offer down, but have decided that that money may help them buy Marco Reus.
One of Benzema’s former teammates will not be moving to north London however, as the Daily Star report that Gonzalo Higuain is no longer on Arsene Wenger’s radar.
The Frenchman is not willing to trigger the £69.5m release clause in his contract.
New signing Petr Cech has revealed that he has been amazed by the atmosphere since his move to the Emirates, the Daily Mail report.
“I’ve found the team spirit quite extraordinary, I have to say,” he said.
However, one of his rivals for the number one spot looks set to be heading for the exit, after the Daily Express reported that Wojciech Szczesny has fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Roma.
He followed the club, as well as two of their key man – including Francesco Totti – on Instagram.
Finally, Arturo Vidal, who was reportedly a Gunners target during this window, has agreed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich, the Daily Star report.