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Karim Benzema set for Real Madrid exit as Arsenal circle

| 15.05.2011

Despite once again ruling out a summer of massive spending, Arsene Wenger could be set to finally flex Arsenal’s financial muscle.

The Metro are reporting that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could be on his way to the Emirates in a £25 million deal.

Apparently, the Gunners are already in high-level talks with the Spanish giants after Real boss Jose Mourinho refused to guarantee Benzema first-team football next term.

The 23-year-old has been in and out of the Real first-team for much of the season and is thought to prefer a move to Arsenal over other European sides such as Juventus who are also interested in securing his signature.

There have been constant rumours about Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner’s possible exit from the Emirates and Benzema is seen by Wenger as a perfect replacement – assuming the frugal boss can reach a deal with Real.

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Richard Anderson