£35million Arsenal transfer target ready to snub Chinese Super League to join the Gunners

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is reportedly prepared to snub a move to the Chinese Super League in favour of sealing a transfer to suitors Arsenal.

The Frenchman is having a difficult season at Real Madrid but seemingly still feels he can cut it at the top level of European football, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

Benzema has been one of the finest players in Europe for much of the last decade, scoring 187 goals for Real Madrid and helping them to major honours such as the Champions League and La Liga during his nine seasons at the club.

The 30-year-old may no longer be the player he once was but that kind of pedigree could be useful for Arsenal, who lost big names and experienced forwards in Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott this January.

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Karim Benzema could leave Real Madrid for Arsenal or China

Regardless of Benzema’s current form, class is permanent and he’d surely be an upgrade on struggling attackers such as Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi.

Don Balon claim Florentino Perez is keen on the player moving to China so he can get more money for him and avoid losing him to a team that could be perceived as any kind of rival.

The report states Arsenal remain keen on him, with Diario Gol recently claiming they’d be happy to bring him in, but not for more than £35million.

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