Real Madrid in pole position for £27m Benzema but Wenger trusts in French connection

By Sportsmail Reporter Last updated at 5:09 PM on 29th June 2009

Arsene Wenger hopes the French influence at Arsenal will lure Karim Benzema to the Emirates Stadium but he will have to move soon after Real Madrid offered £27 million for the striker.

Mega-rich Real have moved to add Lyon's Benzema to their other stellar summer signings, Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United and Kaka from AC Milan.

United also want the France striker but Wenger trusts the presence of Benzema's international team-mates William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre could tempt the 21-year-old to join the Gunners.

Any bid from Arsenal is likely to depend on Wenger selling Emmanuel Adebayor, who is wanted by Milan.


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