Arsenal have £48million bid for Karim Benzema accepted, according to Rodney Marsh
Arsenal have taken a significant step towards signing Karim Benzema after Real Madrid accepted a £48m bid for the striker.
That's according to former player Rodney Marsh, who told talkSPORT that a contact of his, who he claims has never been wrong on such matters, confirmed that Arsenal have made an official approach.
Marsh said: “I had a phone call from a mate of mine, and he’s been right on many things, and he said that he believes Real Madrid have accepted a bid somewhere in the region of £48million for Benzema from Arsenal.
“In the past this guy has always been right, he’s never been wrong yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Indeed we will, and a big indication may come on Saturday when Real begin their La Liga campaign on Sunday against Sporting Gijon.
Because an alternative view to that of Marsh's contact is that Arsene Wenger is waiting to see whether Benzema is deployed in Real's first few games to gauge what sort of an offer the club should be making.
It was a tactic Arsenal employed successfully when signing Mesut Ozil two years ago, and by Manchester United when signing Angel di Maria last year.
Real though only have two matches before the transfer window closes, so Wenger and the club will have to move fast to get their man, if they have not had a bid accepted already.
Benzema himself has remained tight-lipped about his future throughout the summer, but posted a picture on Instagram last Sunday saying he was back in Madrid to resume training.
Expect plenty more twists and turns on this one before the transfer window closes on September 1.
The alternative to Benzema is of course Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.
The latest on that, according to The Express and others, is that Arsenal will have to stump up £35m to sign the 28-year-old.
Cavani is reportedly keen to move away from Paris and manager Laurent Blanc, with whom he does not see eye to eye, ans is attracted by the idea of playing in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Arsenal appear to be closing in on Sevilla defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.
The Polish international's team-mate Vicente Iborra admitted he's worried that Krychowiak will leave this summer.
"Of course I’m concerned that Krychowiak could be taken away," said Iborra.
Krychowiak has a £22m release clause which Arsenal are considering matching before the end of the month.
Finally, Arsenal are playing hardball with Palermo over Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has been in London but told Il Giornale di Sicilia that no deal has been struck yet.
“I'm here in London to try a final drive for the player, but Arsenal aren't moving from their initial positions,” he said.
“Campbell is unattainable as of now. If some margins open up for a negotiation then all for the better, otherwise we can't do anything."