Arsenal Close In On £22m Deal to Sign Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema

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Emirates Stadium side look set to agree deal to bring in Bernabeu star.

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Arsenal are reportedly ‘closing in’ on a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema according to the Sunday Mirror.

This source claims that the North London side will make a £22m offer for the 25 year old French international as Arsene Wenger looks set to admit defeat in the pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who is apparently on his way to the Bernabeu in a £50m deal.

Benzema came in for a fair deal of abuse from his own supporters earlier this season but has experienced an upturn in form in recent weeks, scoring four goals in his past four appearances, but the probable arrival of Suarez will clearly leave the former Lyon man out of Carlo Ancelotti’s first team starting eleven and as such a move to join former team-mate Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium may prove tempting.

Arsene Wenger has been linked with an interest in Benzema for a fair few years and the Arsenal boss could well do with strengthening an attack that currently relies heavily on Olivier Giroud, with the likes of Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott having their fair share of injury concerns as well as being used primarily in wide roles.

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