Karim Benzema has joined Real Madrid from Olympique Lyon for a fee in the region of 35 million euros in July 2009. The 29 year-old has a valid contract with Real Madrid until June 2019.
Since his arrival from Olympique Lyon, Karim Benzema has scored 179 goals and provided 101 assists in 356 games for Real Madrid, including 17 goals and provided seven assists in 39 games in all competitions this season.
The 29-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in France.
Karim Benzema has represented France at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 35 caps and scoring 20 goals, before making his senior international debut in March 2007. As a member of France national football team, Benzema has won 81 caps and scored 27 goals.
The France international is a player who has impressed many European clubs in the last decade, and it is understood that Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger would prefer playing him as a forward.
Euro Football Rumours understood that Arsenal are looking to spend in the summer transfer window and that are prepared to double the France international’s current wages of 175,000 euros-per-week.
How strong that interest is and whether Arsenal will make a summer move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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