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Club president believes Arsenal will meet £53million asking price to seal forward transfer

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly confident that he can offload Karim Benzema this summer as Arsenal are ready to pay as much as £53million for the transfer.

The 29-year-old has struggled to find his best form for Real this season, but has generally been one of Europe’s top centre-forwards for much of the last decade, winning three Champions League titles among other major honours at the Bernabeu.

Benzema could be a great fit at Arsenal amid fears over Alexis Sanchez’s future, with the Daily Mirror recently reporting that Paris Saint-Germain are stepping up their interest in the Chile international as he nears the end of his contract.

This would be a major blow for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger would surely need to bring in a big name up front to make up for his departure.

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Real Madrid are confident of selling Karim Benzema to Arsenal

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According to Don Balon, Real believe Arsenal will come in for Benzema and pay as much as £53m to bring him to the Emirates Stadium to make the necessary additions to their attack next summer.

Arsenal have also been linked elsewhere with a move for Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, with the Daily Star recently suggesting a £60million deal could be edging closer.

If both these claims are true, it looks like Arsenal fans can rest assured that Wenger is well prepared to replace Sanchez and fellow contract rebel Mesut Ozil next season.

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