Karim Benzema is closing on a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal reportedly wanting the Real Madrid striker for €40 million, according to Don Balon.
The Frenchman has struggled for goals at the Santiago Bernabeu outfit this season, scoring just twice in 12 league matches in the current campaign, despite signing a new deal in September that took his release clause up to €1 billion.
While the 30-year-old will be expected to leave for a lot less, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez feels his poor form is dropping his value below the €60 million mark that the club want.
Benzema to be replaced
Benzema has been a long-term admirer of Arsenal’s, but has remained faithful to Los Blancos, even though he has only netted 24 times since the start of last season.
While Real Madrid sold Alvaro Morata for around €80 million in July, Zinedine Zidane chose to keep his compatriot, seeing him as their better attacking option.
However, Benzema’s struggles have led to speculation that his place in the team is under threat, with the likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan linked with a move to the Spanish capital.
A move to the Emirates Stadium would provide a fresh opportunity for Benzema, but would face competition for places along fellow French internationals Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, with the World Cup in Russia coming up in the summer.
While it would surely be the last chance to prove his talent and show he still has the ability to find the back of the net regularly, the 30-year-old will be risking a place in the national squad, especially since Lacazette only joined Arsenal in July to break the Gunners’ club record fee.