Arsenal have made the biggest move to bring in that world class striker the Emirates crowd have long sought after, with reports having it that a deal is close to being reached.
Arsenal are said to have advanced in the negotiations and a bid has reportedly been made, though the exact figure is yet unknown.
The Gunners have been in need of a proven goal scorer to become and upgrade on Olivier Giroud and put to bed the memories of Robin Van Persie.
Karim Benzema fits that bill with 87 goals in 174 appearances for a Madrid side where he plays second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo (for obvious reasons), shows a natural goal scoring quality in him.
His experience with 78 Caps for France national team scoring 25 goals, and a Champions league medal at Real Madrid to his name among a host of titles he would be invaluable to Gunners who have recently been assembling stars like Alexis, Welbeck and Ozil.
With Real Madrid reported to be willing to sell him, Arsenal will be waiting to see if their bid is enough to land him; though the bid is likely to be short of the £42m valuation of him.
Karim Benzema is also being tracked by Manchester United, and the Gunners would want to finish this deal quickly before the season starts.
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