Benzema Has Premier League Deal Signed and Sealed

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The Daily Mirror sensationally claims that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 30, is close to a Bernabeu exit.

According to the report, the France international has agreed to join long-time admirer Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Speculation has been rife for months that Zinedine Zidane wants to freshen up his strikeforce and the shock Copa Del Rey exit to Leganes earlier this week heaped pressure on Real’s head coach to find a solution. Currently, Los Blancos sit 19 points behind eternal rivals Barcelona with little chance of retaining their La Liga title.

The cup exit means the only way Zidane is likely to keep his job is through lifting the Champions League. No-one would declare it impossible but there are more fancied sides to lift the trophy in Kyiv on 26th May 2018.

The Frenchman has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu, scoring just two goals in La Liga with Barcelona opening up a 19-point gap between the sides.

Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad following the departure of Alexis Sanchez. While CEO Ivan Gazidis and his clique are keen on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger remains a fan of his compatriot.

It’s understood Real would demand a fee of €60m for the 30-year-old who is enduring a disappointing season in front of goal. For the first time in almost a decade, he is set to miss double-figures in scoring having previously averaged a goal every other game for the Spanish giants.

Whether Arsenal agree with the manager that a striker with six goals in 22 appearances this season is worth the risk is another matter. Some at the club question Wenger’s recent track record in the transfer market, remembering the last French striker he signed was Yaya Sanogo, cruelly dubbed Yaya Sanogoal by the Arsenal faithful.