Arsenal closing on Karim Benzema deal Arsenal closing on Karim Benzema deal Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to Spanish media AS. Posted by:Junaid Effendi Posted date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 /comment : 0 Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to Spanish media AS. The Spanish reports claimed that the Gunners are now clear to seal the deal of the French star who has been in link with the Gunners since long. Real Madrid new boss Rafael Benitez is keen to sign Sergio Aguero from Manchester City. However, the former Atletico Madrid striker has cleared that he has no plans to leave Etihad Stadium. Read Full Story: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero denied Real Madrid move Benitez is still keen to convince the Argentinean striker who is currently playing for his country at Copa America. Benzema has already been told to look for a new club as the new manager has no plans to keep him at Santiago Bernabeu. Benzema who earns £150,000-a-week netted 22 goals in 45 games for Los Blancos last term. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been strongly linked with Benzema in the past few weeks. He is planning to make him his first summer signing by splashing £25 million. Meanwhile, Manchester United and Liverpool are also said to be interested in his move. Liverpool might not take interest anymore as they have landed Roberto Firmino earlier today. Columnist: Stevan Jones Share !