Real Madrid to offer Benzema pay rise to ward off Arsenal interest

Spanish giants Real Madrid will offer French striker Karim Benzema a massive pay rise in a new contract in order to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu and ward off interest from the Premier League.

The French international striker is a player that is much admired by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and had been linked with a big money move to the Emirates Stadium last season as well. However, that transfer didn’t happen and instead, Wenger signed German midfielder Mesut Ozil from the record European Cup winners but is keen to add the forward to his ranks as he looks to bolster his attacking options.

Wenger already has Frenchman Olivier Giroud in his squad and wants to bring his France team mate and create one of the deadliest attacking forces in the Premier League as they look to push for the title after winning the FA Cup last season.

But Real Madrid are adamant about their stance of the Frenchman who scored goals for fun last season forming one-third of the BBC attacking trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and his form at the World Cup where he has already scored three goals in two matches will only to serve to increase Real’s resolve.

Benzema has just one year left on his current deal with the club and if the club doesn’t move to secure him on fresh terms, he could walk out of the club for free in twelve months, a scenario that doesn’t suit Real Madrid.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has already told club president Florentino Perez to sign Benzema on a new deal and although they are set to compete with Barcelona for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, will move to secure the future of the Frenchman, tying him to the Spanish capital on a long term deal.