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Karim Benzema

Arsenal are poised to make yet another club-transfer-record-breaking bid for a Real Madrid player, with Karim Benzema being linked with a move to the Gunners, according to the Metro.

In the summer window, Arsene Wenger’s side shelled out 42.5 million for Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, and they are set to blow that out of the water by capturing former teammate Benzema, say reports.

According to the Metro, respected Fifa agent Francois Gallardo dropped a heavy hint that the striker could be on his way to Emirates Stadium for 43 million in January.

“A very important Premier League club is after Karim,” Gallardo is reported to have told Le Sport 10.

“This club wants the transfer to happen this winter, but if this is not possible, then next summer at the latest.

“The offer will be around 50 million [ 43 million].”

Though Gallardo stopped short of specifically mentioning the unknown suitor, Arsenal are known to be big admirers of Benzema, and tried to lure the Frenchman from the Bernabeu over the summer.

This renewed link with the attacker also comes a matter of days after Wenger promised to continue splashing the cash following the big money arrival of Ozil.

And, with forward Lukas Podolski ruled out until the New Year, a new striker is believed to be one of Wenger’s biggest priorities when the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League having gone unbeaten in the topflight since defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season on August 17.

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Sami Khedira

With sixteen Real Madrid players away on international duty this week, Madridistas still had a lot to look forward to as La Liga took a break for the final round of World Cup Qualifying games. Real Madrid’s playing staff has been spread far and wide and have been competing on three continents, for eight different teams.

The team which called-up the most Real Madrid players was, of course, Spain. Both Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos started and finished the game as Spain consolidated their position at the top of World Cup Qualifying Group I with a 2-1 win over Belarus, although neither Madrid defender could prevent Belarus grabbing a late consolation goal to spoil to Spaniards’ clean sheet. Iker Casillas was left on the bench for Spain owing to his status as his club’s number two goalkeeper and Isco was an unused sub as del Bosque chose to introduce the in-form trio of Koke, Iniesta and Negredo as Spain searched for a second half breakthrough.

Whilst Spain were busy beating Belarus, Group I opponents France were humiliating Australia 6-0 in Paris. Karim Benzema cut a depressed figure from the bench as Olivier Giroud masterfully lead the French frontline. Benzema did get himself on the scoresheet, however. Coming off the bench to score the sixth goal early in the second half with a confident finish at the near post from a low, left wing cross.

In keeping with the theme of goalscoring Madrid players, it was Sami Khedira who broke the deadlock for Germany against the Republic of Ireland on Friday evening as Germany wrapped up Group C with a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Khedira opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a deflected shot from just outside the box leaving the Irish defence with no chance. The dominating midfielder had earlier spoken of Germany’s need to score early to ensure the pressure of the game didn’t begin to build as Ireland looked to avoid another 6-1 thrashing – the score from the first game in Dublin. However, once Big Sami had opened the scoring, the result was never in doubt. This latest victory leaves Germany with 25 points from a possible 27, with one qualifier remaining.

Another Madrid player tasting victory this weekend was Brazil’s left-back, Marcelo. The pacey defender played the majority of the game as Scolari’s team fielded a strong side and comfortably beat South Korea 2-0. Marcelo was withdrawn late on in the game to keep the defender fresh for Brazil’s next friendly at home to Zambia. Whilst having no competitive games leading up to their home World Cup next summer, the Brazilians and particularly Marcelo will be delighted with the victory and clean sheet.

Perhaps the most impressive Madrid player on show was Argentina’s ngel Di Mar a. The winger captained his side for the night in-place of the injured pair of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano and played some beautiful passes as the South Americans dispatched rivals Peru 3-1 – despite going behind early on. Di Mar a had a hand in both the first and second goals. First, his corner was finished at the second attempt by PSG striker Lavezzi, before his gorgeous blind pass to Palacio helped Lavezzi collect a second later on. With Argentina already qualified for the World Cup, this victory only added further gloss to a stellar qualifying performance.

There were certainly some disappointed Madrid players on Friday evening as both Croatia and Portugal failed to register victory in their penultimate qualifiers. In the early kick off, Luka Modri was mostly a by-stander as a powerful Belgium team swept aside Croatia for a 2-1 win. Modric displayed some good composure on the ball at times but failed to get into the game on a consistent basis thanks to the expert marshalling of the Belgian midfield of Witsel and Defour. Portugal faired slightly better but still have their World Cup dreams hanging in the balance as opponents Israel stole a late goal to take a share of the spoils in Lisbon. Pepe and Ronaldo started and finished the match but neither could muster a match winning contribution – with Ronaldo’s only gain from the night being a yellow card. Coentr o missed out due to suspension but will be available for Portugal’s final qualifying match against Luxembourg. The Portguese are guaranteed a play-off spot but that is by no means an easy route to Brazil as teams such as Turkey, Sweden and Croatia litter the remaining play-off spots.

On a brighter note, Spain’s U21 team won their third match of three to keep themselves top of their qualifying group as they bid to enter the UEFA U21 s European Championships in 2015. Jes , Carvajal and Morata all featured and Morata grabbed himself the winner as Spain triumphed 3-2 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Morata’s goal emphasised the player’s growing confidence as he casually slotted home from a low, right wing cross without the need for a first touch.

With all the results in from the first batch of qualifiers and friendlies, Real Madrid’s players boast an international record of six wins, one draw and one defeat. The remaining eight fixtures involving the Madrid internationals will take place on Monday (Spain U21s), Tuesday (Brazil, Spain, Germany, France, Croatia, Portugal) and Wednesday (Argentina). I’ll be back with another report after those games.

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After a deathly quiet summer of inactivity in the transfer market, it seems that David Moyes’ side have sprung into life, with mooted moves for Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, and according to two Spanish football experts, we can now add a third attacking midfielder’s name to that list.

According to the BBC’s Spanish football writer Andy West, as well as Guillem Balague from Sky Sports, United have made a massive bid for Real Madrid’s German international midfielder Samir Khedira.

West has reported that Spanish radio station Cadena Cope are claiming that Manchester United have made a bid of 40m for Khedira and that the bid was rejected by Real Madrid.

Guillem Balague spoke to Sky Sports News on air to suggest that the deal would not go through, as Real Madrid asked manager Carlo Ancelotti about the player, and were told that the manager wanted to keep hold of the player beyond the transfer window, scuppering any hopes United had of buying him.

West also spoke about the potential deal for Ander Herrera, suggesting that the deal might be held up by tax payments that would be triggered if United meet the 36m buy-out clause for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder. That deal could go through, with Balague suggesting that it could actually go as long as midnight, beyond the end of the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports also say that Marouane Fellaini has officially entered a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to United before 11pm.

Would you be happy with a deal for Khedira? Share your opinions below.

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gareth bale tottenham

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expects Gareth Bale back in training on Tuesday if his transfer to Real Madrid is not completed by then, according to the BBC.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions all summer and has become the subject of a world-transfer record bid of 86 million.

Real made two separate offers for Bale at the weekend, the first of 86 million to be structured over three to four years and the other of 70 million-plus-player in part exchange.

Last season’s La Liga runners-up are still waiting to find out if either bid has been accepted, and when asked, Spurs boss Villas-Boas revealed they could have their answer within the next 48 hours.

“Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days.

“But, at the moment, there is nothing I can tell you.”

Bale has yet to feature for Tottenham this season and was not at White Hart Lane for yesterday afternoon’s 1-0 win over Swansea, but Villas-Boas says there is no cause for alarm.

“We allowed him two days off.

“It’s not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season.”

In Bale’s absence, new summer signing Roberto Soldado has been banging the goals in and picking up where the Wales international left off.

The Spaniard has now hit four goals in three games, form which has impressed Villas-Boas.

“He is really adding to our game because he brings that life and spark.

“When he receives the ball in space, he has one objective, which is to beat the man.”

Should Bale join Real, he will become the world’s most expensive player with the Spaniard’s set to pay more than the 80 million they gave United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

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