ARSENAL will look for another striker this summer, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema linked with a move once again to the Emirates Stadium, according to reports.
The Frenchman has had a difficult season in the Spanish capital, netting just nine times in all competitions, but remains a huge part of the Los Blancos squad, as reported by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The Gunners and German outfit Borussia Dortmund have been ‘knocking on the door’ of his agent, but the 30-year-old has a release clause of 1 billion euros in his contract that runs until the summer of 2021.
Signing Benzema would represent an unusual move for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – who typically plays with just one centre-forward – having spent over £100 million in the past two transfer windows on strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,
While the two Gunners stars are both younger and have been more prolific of late, it would be a case of ‘at long last’ should the Gunners finally bring the former Lyon attacker to North London.
Benzema has been linked with a move to the the Emirates Stadium outfit since 2009, when he was still playing in his homeland.
Having chosen to join Real Madrid instead, he has played in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, winning two La Liga titles and three Champions League winners’ medals in nine years at the Los Blancos.
However, his form has dwindled in recent seasons, managing just five goals in the Spanish top-flight this term, including a three-month drought earlier this year.
While Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has been keen to put Benzema on the market, the Frenchman has the support of Zidane and Ronaldo, leaving his suitors with a slim chance of taking him of their hands.