The Londoners are becoming increasingly frustrated in their attempts to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool and are consequently weighing up their chances of landing French international Benzema.
After missing out on Gonzalo Higuain over the summer, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still chasing a big-name striker before the start of the season and Benzema, who scored 20 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Madrid last term, could be the answer.
The 25-year-old was on the mark twice for Carlo Ancelotti’s side after coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 win over LA Galaxy in the International Champions Cup game last week.
Penarol have announced young midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo will join Sevilla this week.
Although the Andalusians are yet to confirm the deal, Penarol President Juan Pedro Damiani told Tenfield. com an agreement has been reached and that the player will become a Sevilla player in the next few days, subject to a medical.
“The youngster [Cristoforo] is getting his suitcases ready to travel to Spain this week and join the Sevilla ranks,” revealed Damiani.
The 19-year-old, who operates on the right-hand side of midfield and has represented Uruguay at Under-20 level, has made 44 League appearances for Penarol and scored one goal.
Barcelona’s search for a central defender could mean youngster Marc Bartra may be forced to seek first team football elsewhere.
The 22-year-old right made just eight La Liga appearances last term and in all probability will see his chances of making Tata Martino’s starting line-up drastically reduced should the Catalans be successful in their quest.
Aware of this, several clubs have asked about the right-back’s availability, in particular newly-promoted Villarreal.
According to Radio Castellon, the Yellow Submarine have already been in contact with Barca to enquire about the chances of taking Bartra on loan with an option to buy at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Although Martino is still assessing his squad during pre-season, he could look favourably on one of the club’s most promising youngsters to gain some much-needed top-flight experience next term.
Real Sociedad want to sign Esteban Granero on loan to strengthen their midfield after the departure of Asier Illaramendi.
Despite La Real boss Jagoba Arrasate recently insisting he would not be bringing any more players to Anoeta this summer, it is believed he wants the QPR man in his squad before the Basque club’s upcoming Champions League qualifier.
Granero suffered relegation with the Londoners last term and would welcome the chance of a return to Spain following his ill-fated spell at Loftus Road, where he made 27 appearances and scored just one goal.
The 26-year-old is a product of Real Madrid’s youth academy but moved to Getafe in 2008 after a successful loan spell at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, yet he returned to the Santiago Bernabeu 12 months later when Los Blancos exercised their buy-back option for a reported €4m.
Although Granero was never a first-team regular with Madrid, he featured in 106 games in all competitions, notching nine goals, and although he may have to lower his wage demands to sign for Getafe, the former Spanish Under-21 international may see it as a good opportunity to get his career back on track.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe Raphael Varane is currently negotiating a new deal at Real Madrid.
The young defender was one of the revelations of the season last time around, forcing his way into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI towards the end of the campaign.
He arrived from Lens in 2011 in a deal worth around €10m, signing until 2017.
But the paper believes that the 20-year-old will put pen-to-paper on an extension until 2019, with a vast increase in wages.
Varane is currently one of the most low-paid players in Los Blancos’ first team squad, earning around €1m per season.
Genoa are targeting a move for Real Zaragoza defender Alvaro, according to reports in the Italian Press.
Respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has insisted that the Grifone are set to make an offer for the Spain U21 international within the next few days.
Los Blanquillos are willing to sell the 23-year-old, but for no less than €4m.
President Enrico Preziosi will reportedly try and negotiate with the Liga club later on this week.