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Real Madrid contact Arsenal ‘in bid to offload £62m-rated Karim Benzema to help fund Kylian Mbappe swoop’

Bernabeu chief reportedly believes there is no better time to cash in on Frenchman and bring in fellow countryman

Real Madrid are reported to have alerted Arsenal to the availability of Karim Benzema.

It is claimed that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez wants to offload Benzema to help fund a world-record swoop for Kyliam Mbappe.

Karim Benzema is said to have been offered to Arsenal

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Karim Benzema is said to have been offered to Arsenal

Arsenme Wenger has long been an admirer of Benzema

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Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the French striker

The Gunners are long-term suitors but have so far been unable to persuade the striker and Real to part company.


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But now, according to reports, Perez is said to have decided that now is the perfect time to cash in on Benzema, 29, who would cost the Gunners around £62million.

Any deal would depend on the European champions being certain of luring Monaco star Mbappe to the Bernabeu.

Real have let two of their key attackers leave this summer, with Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea and James Rodriguez securing a loan move to Bayern Munich.

And they would be unlikely to let Benzema go unless they felt a deal for Mpabbe, 18, was in the bag.

Mbappe is closing on a £161m switch to Real, although Manchester City have not given up hope of landing him.

Real are believed to be close to sealing a deal for Kylian Mbappe

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Real are believed to be close to sealing a deal for Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe

Benzema could be offloaded by Real to fund the Mbappe swoop

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Benzema could be offloaded by Real to fund the mega Mbappe swoop

With the French starlet being 11 years younger than compatriot Benzema, Real are likely to view him as a long-term successor.

Benzema joined Real for around £31m in 2009.

He has since netted 180 goals in 365 appearances in that eight-year period.

The exiled 81-cap international has also scooped two Spanish league titles, two Spanish cups and won the Champions League three times.

Florentino Perez brought Karim Benzema into Real and now plots to get rid of him

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Florentino Perez brought Karim Benzema into Real and now plots to get rid of him

Benzema with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale after beating Juventus in Cardiff to clinch the Champions League

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Benzema with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale after beating Juventus in Cardiff to clinch the Champions League