Arsenal are reported to be preparing a £17.8m bid to sign their long term target, Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema, this summer, according to reports in The Metro. What’s more – it is even believed that Los Blancos are open to the prospect of selling the Frenchman for that bargain fee in this transfer window.
It is understood that Real’s new manager Rafael Benitez is uninterested in keeping hold of the player this summer, with him likely to resort to playing Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale as part of his formation, in which he will play one or two forwards. And the Frenchman himself is believed to be keen on a switch in order to avoid spending time on the sidelines next season.
Arsenal are set to be handed a major boost in the pursuit of their target Ilkay Gundogan, who has now said that he wishes to move away from the Bundesliga one day. The German was quoted telling Bild: “I’d like to leave the German championship, one day. Playing in the Premier League is one of my goals.”
All Arsenal fans know that the Gunners were ridiculously close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo before he joined Manchester United, with the player’s mother particularly keen that her son work with the Gentlemanly Frenchman rather Sir Alex Ferguson, before fate tipped the scales in United’s favour.
However, no one ever really knew how close Wenger came to securing Ronaldo’s signature before an interview of the Arsenal Manager that aired on ITV4 tonight as part of aÂ documentary on the Portuguese superstar. Continue reading →
Cristiano Ronaldo is hardly one to hold back his emotions, and if reports in Spanish daily AS are to be believed has lashed out at his club Real Madrid for selling star playmaker Mesut Ozil. Ronaldo’s tirade comes just a day after on field skipper Sergio Ramos also claimed he was completely befuddled by the club’s decision, and why they would even consider parting with a world class star like the 24 year old German.
Ronaldo reportedly told his Portuguese teammates, including Real Madrid players, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, ‘The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal… I’m angry about Özil leaving.’ Continue reading →