Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Gunners 'preparing' late bid for Real Madrid striker

The Gunners pursuit of the forward is not over yet

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Arsenal could yet make a late bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema before the close of transfer on 1 September, according to reports.

The 27-year-old is currently injured and is not part of Real's squad for the pre-season Audi Cup tournament in Munich, and it has been reported he is doubt for the start of the season.

The Guardian have reported that Arsenal have not ruled out making a bid for the striker, and Real could be swayed by a massive offer for the Frenchman. Other reports claim that the Gunners are tabling a £40m bid.

Gareth Bale played in Benzema's central striking role for Real yesterday against Tottenham, and after scoring in the 2-0 win, made it clear that it was his preference to play in the middle.

"It's my best position," he said. "When I played for Spurs, I felt I played my best football there. For me, that's my position and it's where I want to play."

Benzema fuelled transfer speculation he was moving to the Gunners last week by posting a picture of himself on a private jet with the caption: "Leave the past to the past. #directionfuture", as well as following an account called 'Wengerland'.

It was false hope, however, as Benzema stayed with Real Madrid on their pre-season tour of Asia before flying to Germany.


Gunners legend Ian Wright tweeted his desire that the club sign Benzema last night.