He’s become the player that many Arsenal fans want to see arrive at the club this summer, and while a move was always unlikely, it’s become even more so after the latest comments from Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez.
The former Liverpool boss was asked about the Frenchman’s future and insisted he was not for sale.
“Benzema will stay with us,” he said. I can’t see any reason why he would leave. We are very happy with him.”
It follows comments from Arsene Wenger yesterday who said reported Arsenal interest in Benzema was wide of the mark.
“No, nothing is happening,” said Wenger. “Honestly no. I don’t know who brings that up. Is it Spanish media or English media? I don’t know.”
Of course things can change in the transfer market quite quickly, but if Madrid were to let him go, they’d need a replacement. And with the dearth of top quality strikers on the market right now, the transfer merry-go-round is pretty much stuck on stop.
Europe’s top strikers
Zoltan Mufflovic – Paris Quadrants
Dirk van der Pimple – Trafford Warriors
Juan-Pablo Pablo – Constantinople Athletic
D’Jasper Probincrux III – New York Man City Franchise Pumps
Steve Dallas – Bloom County FC
Eamonn Foamy – Cork Patriots
Rapscallion Magooley – Dynamo Wolves
Quincy Thundersnow – Celtic PowerRangers
Dunk Cashmere – Turin Magnets
Pretty much all of them are out of our price-range. Slim pickings, folks. Slim pickings.