Benzema In New Arsenal Transfer Link
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal should the Chilean leave the Emirates this summer.
Spanish website Don Balon claims there is an offer on the table from Arsenal after Benzema endured a disappointing season at the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old has scored just nine goals in La Liga so far this season. That followed 24 in 2015-16 – his best season since he moved to the Bernabeu from his home-town club Lyon in 2009.
Arsenal transfer rumours linking them with Benzema have become almost an annual occurrence. Arsene Wenger spoke personally to the striker in the summers of 2014 and 2015 but was unable to persuade him to move to the Emirates.
The feeling now is that Benzema could be forced out by Real president Florentino Perez who is tiring of his poor performances.
Don Balon claims that money from the sale of Alexis Sanchez will be put towards a move for Benzema. Chile international Sanchez is being increasingly linked with a move away from Arsenal. Paris Saint-Germain were being linked on Sunday.
Only Benzema’s age could count against him. He is 29 now but he turns 30 just before the end of the year.
Kolasinac Deal Denied
The father of Schalke 04 full-back Sead Kolasinac is denying that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international has signed a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal.
Reports from Bosnia over the weekend claimed the 23-year-old had put pen to paper on a deal with the Gunners. His contract with Schalke expires at the end of June.
But speaking to Sarajevo television station TV N1 Falk Kolasinac said there was no deal with the Gunners and that AC Milan are also keen.
“The only thing that is clear is that the player will not renew with Schalke and will leave as a free agent,” said Falk.
He added: “This next week will be crucial.”
Kolasinac has been offered €2.5million a year nett by Milan. That’s the equivalent of £75,000 a week gross.
The entry of the Serie A into the race for Kolasinac has been prompted by the takeover of the club last week by a consortium led by Chinese businessman Yonghong Li.