Real Madrid striker could be on his way to Emirates Stadium this summer.
Arsenal are planning on making a £30m move for prolific Real Madrid front man Karim Benzema this summer, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
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The north London club have been keeping close tabs on the France international for some time now, with head coach Arsene Wenger having tried to lure Benzema to the Emirates this time last year.
However, with the La Liga giants having just allowed Benzema’s fellow striker Gonzalo Higuain to leave the Santiago Bernabeu at that point, Madrid were unwilling to also sanction the 26-year-old’s departure from the Spanish capital too.
But with Benzema now having just a year left to run on his current deal with Los Blancos, Madrid are preparing to offload the player when the summer transfer window reopens for business while they are still able to get £30m for the forward, rather than risk losing him for free when his contract expires in June 2015.
The Gunners, though, will have to wait until after Madrid take on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final in Lisbon later this month before making their move for Benzema.