Friday 6 December 2019

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema 'offered' to Arsenal and Chelsea

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Daniel Carvajal celebrate a goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Daniel Carvajal celebrate a goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Since we're coming towards the end of a transfer window, it is customary to provide an update of Karim Benzema's supposedly impending move to Arsenal.

The latest news, according to The Mirror via Spanish news outlet Diario Gol  is that the 29-year-old has been offered to both Arsenal and Chelsea by Real Madrid.

Benzema has not been quite as prolific as usual this season, leading to him being booed by his own fans at one stage, and Real are looking to cash in on the Frenchman before he turns 30 at the end of the year.

Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the France forward, which could drive the price up for any potential suitors.

The Metromeanwhile reports that Atletico Madrid will look to sign Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez this summer, with the offer of £220,000-a-week wages.

The news comes off the back of reports on Sunday that Arsenal are hopeful of rivalling Manchester United's £85m bid for Atletico's star forward Antoine Griezmann.

In managerial news, The Express claims that Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is in “advanced talks” to replace Arsene Wenger this summer. Allegri has been in charge of Juve since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014, and led the Bianconeri to the Champions league final in his first season.

The 49-year-old's contract doesn't expire until next summer, but the Express claims he could replace Wenger at the end of the season, with talks “at an advanced stage".

Juve CEO Beppe Marotta however moved to deny the reports, and said on Italian television: “Allegri has a contract with us and I reaffirm we have an excellent rapport which has brought us great success. We want to continue growing with him.

“Even without the fact there is a contract, there are no reasons to start creating problems. We are happy with him and he is happy with us.”

Watch this space.

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