Gunners are still keen to splash the cash come the next transfer window.
An unnamed Premier League club, believed to be Arsenal, are preparing a massive €50 million offer for unsettled Real Madrid front man Karim Benzema as soon as the winter transfer window finally opens again for business for the year in January, according to reports in the Metro.
The future of the highly rated France international at the Santiago Bernabeu has been under grave doubt for some time now, with Benzema having endured a tough season in front of goal in this campaign in particular for los Blancos.
In total, Benzema has found the back of the net on just four occasions in his ten matches in all competitions for the Liga giants this season, and with a contract in the Spanish capital that now only runs until June 30 2015, it is thought likely that Madrid will try and offload the striker in the new year.
Meanwhile, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Benzema – the north London club even tried to lure the Frenchman to the Emirates during the recent summer transfer window – and so it would come as no surprise were the Gunners to attempt to buy the player, either at the turn of the year or at the end of this current campaign.
“A very important Premier League club is after Karim,” Francois Gallardo, a Fifa-registered agent, told Le Sport 10.
“This club wants the transfer to happen this winter, but if this is not possible, then next summer at the latest.
“The offer will be around €50m [£43m].”