Arsenal transfer news: Karim Benzema speaks to Arsene Wenger

Karim Benzema - Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Karim Benzema speaks to Arsene Wenger

Striking figure: Karim Benzema must, surely, move to the Premier League one day? Photo: AFP

Widespread horror in the world of transfer rumour compilers this morning at the news that Karim Benzema might finally be on the verge of a move to England.

This will reduce Britain’s thriving rumour mill output by a good 20 per cent, given that Benzema has been such a mains of stories about “potential interest” and “firm offers” which inevitably result in him staying exactly where he is at Real Madrid.

But there’s a tantalising possibility that the era of reluctantly suggesting Benzema as a club’s new striker is coming to an end, and it’s Arsène Wenger who we’ve all got to thank.

The Arsenal manager has reportedly PHONED Karim Benzema. That’s right, an old-fashioned telephone call. Not for Wenger the WhatsApp group, the choppy Facetime or the traditional transfer fax.

According to Paco Gonzalez, a man referred to as a “respected Spanish journalist” by at least four different news outlets, Wenger ha vuelto a llamar este verano a Benzema, pero no quiere salir del Madrid.

The alert amongst you will have noted that the boy Paco has chosen to speak in his own language of Spanish, there. Let’s ask the Google Translate machine to make sense of it:

“Wenger has called Benzema this summer” OLÉ! …

“but [he] will not come out of Madrid.” Oh.

“Not Jesse either.” Get back to Benzema, Paco. “They are delighted with the club”. Oh.

So, Benzema, unlikely to leave Real Madrid. Now or ever. Although the Metro reckons if he does head to England he’d prefer Arsenal to Manchester United.

Well, that was briefly exciting, but what about that other unimaginative striking panaceaGonzalo Higuain?

Once again our pals at the Metro have news, and it is good news, if you like Higuain, Arsenal, and the prospect of those two things combining within a pre-determined period which will conclude with Jim White shouting.

Arsenal have apparently made a complete mess of playing it cool when you approach someone you like by making an opening offer to Napoli of £43.3m, as mentioned in transfer rumours passism.

Higuain is dead keen on Arsenal and is doing everything in his significant power to force through the move, including using his brother. Not in a bad way, his brother’s his agent.

As for players leaving Arsenal… There are none. Apart from Lukas Podolski.

And nearly, apparently Theo Walcott.

This is according to GiveMeSport, which is better at understanding the German outlet Bild than we are.


Theo Walcott making several people in yellow very happy indeed

Bild, which understands German perfectly, reports that Bayern Munich have started discussing potential successors for their aging wideboys Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in their fancy transfer committee.

Theo was a name suggested in passing, but Pep Guardiola was having none of it. More fool Pep, we say. Or, auf Deutsch, mehr dummkopf Pep.

Finally, news of an actual signing!!!! Although, it’s not a player. Sorry. Instead it’s a man optimistically billed as a “World Cup winner” by the Irish Daily Star.

It’s Barry Solan, he’s a coach speciailising in sports performance, he modestly describes himself as a “global leader for integrated performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy” and he enjoys long walks by the sea.

Source: The Telegraph

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