Arsenal are not ready to give up on their hopes of signing Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema, after a summer full of transfer rumours linking him with the club which have thus far only left Arsenal fans disappointed and wanting.
However, The Guardian and The Telegraph have both reported that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are still holding out to try and secure a deal for the 27-year-old, perhaps in a fashion similar to which Mesut Ozil was signed on the last day of the 2013 transfer window for a club record £42.5m.
Real Madrid manager, Rafa Benitez, has already publicly stated his desire to keep both Benzema and Bale at the club next season, and Wenger has also claimed that there was nothing in the rumours; yet it is a transfer story that just won’t go away, and for the optimists among us, you must think there is something in these non-stop stories.
The Frenchman has not travelled to Munich for the Audi Cup with the rest of the Madrid squad, after an apparent “training injury” which is also Ronaldo’s reason for missing the pre-season tournament.
It is believed that Benitez is looking to try something different with his squad after a relatively unsuccessful season (by their high standards) from Madrid, in their last campaign.
This was seen on Tuesday night as they defeated Tottenham 2-0, with Gareth Bale playing in a central role. Something he has specifically asked for according to reports in Spain.
If this is the case it could leave Benzema out of the starting eleven, and a move away from the Bernabeu could be on the cards.
Furthermore, it is unlike Madrid to not make a big signing during the transfer window, and this year they have yet to splash the cash as we are so accustomed to seeing. A striker could be on their radar, and if Benzema were to leave you would have to imagine it would be.
There is still a way to go in this transfer window, despite the season starting on Sunday, and as we have seen an innumerable amount of times in the past, a lot of the action doesn’t happen until late on.
Arsene Wenger will surely have something, or someone, up his sleeve.