ESPN FC Extra: Transfer talk
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be joining Arsenal this summer according to the player’s agent.
The Gunners had turned their focus to the France international after their interest in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez finally ended earlier in the week.
But to add to Wenger’s “bad luck” in this transfer window, Benzema’s agent, Karim Djaziri, told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche there would be no deal to take client to north London.
And Djaziri said there was no concern from his player with the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale.
“We can't stop the rumours. But I tell you: Karim will not go to Arsenal,” Djaziri said. “It's never been a question for him and no contact has been made.
“He will stay at Madrid. The probable arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid doesn't threaten him at all. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale will play on the wings and Karim in the centre.”
Indeed, Djaziri revealed that talks to keep Benzema in the Spanish capital were ongoing between the player and club.
“Karim could very well finish his career at Real, the club of his dreams.”