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Arsenal off the hook as Italian giants come in for Karim Benzema

Juventus are believed to want Karim Benzema to replace new teammate Alvaro Morata after Real Madrid prised the striker away from Turin.

Los Blancos triggered Morata’s buy-back clause, put in place when he was sold to the Old Lady in 2014, earlier this month to leave Juve short up front.

It was expected that the Spaniard would immediately be sold on for huge profit, but The Mirror reports that he will stay at Madrid for the coming season.

That raise questions over Benzema’s future, and CalcioMercato.com, via Goal.com, reports that Juve are hopeful of tempting him to Serie A with the promise of first-team football.

The Italian report adds that Wolfsburg are also interested in the Frenchman, who has scored 162 goals in 317 games for Real since signing from Lyon in 2009.

Juve turning their attention to Benzema would let Arsenal off the hook. The Serie A champions had previously made Alexis Sanchez their first choice to replace Morata, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal were linked to Benzema themselves last summer, as The Express reports. But Sky Sports understands that Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain is the striker on their radar now.

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