Real Madrid willing to sell Arsenal strike target Karim Benzema

Real Madrid have apparently opened the door for Karim Benzema’s move to Arsenal after a report in the Metro claimed that they are willing to sell him to the Premier League giants.

The Gunners are said to be in the market for new options up front, with Benzema said to be at the top of the list after Arsene Wenger personally phoned the France international to discuss a move this summer (via the Daily Mirror).

He had initially turned down a move to north London, but reports in Spain are now claiming that Madrid are open to moving him on and are even now attempting to force him out.

The Metro claim that Real are keen to cash in on him this month and with new coach Rafael Benitez set to play Cristiano Ronaldo through the middle next season he is willing to move the France international on.

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Last season both Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck suffered injury problems that left the Gunners light on numbers up front. Though this didn’t prevent the club from chalking up a third place finish and a second consecutive FA Cup win, it hindered their chances of a serious title push.

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