Gunners suffer yet another setback in the transfer market.
Real Madrid front man Karim Benzema will not be joining Arsenal this summer says the Frenchman’s agent, reports Sporting Life.
The coveted France international has been linked with a big-money move to north London before the close-season transfer window slams shut for business for the year on Sept 2, with the Gunners known to be desperate to bring in a new striker this season.
So far, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has been linked with the likes of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, only for moves for both those attackers to fall through, forcing the Frenchman to since switch his forward focus elsewhere.
And that has meant Wenger attempting to persuade Madrid striker Benzema to swap the Spanish capital for the English capital, although it now appears as though those hopes are also going to end in failure too.
The 25-year-old’s agent, Karim Djaziri, has given an interview to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche claiming that his client has absolutely no intention at all of leaving the Spanish giants this summer, and that Benzema is actually in the middle of negotiating a new contract to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the end of his present deal in June 2015.
“We can’t stop the rumours,” said Djaziri. “But I tell you: Karim will not go to Arsenal. It’s never been a question for him and no contact has been made.
“He will stay at Madrid. The probable arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid doesn’t threaten him at all. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale will play on the wings and Karim in the centre.”
“Karim could very well finish his career at Real, the club of his dreams.”