According to Daily Star, the odds on Arsenal signing the France International have shortened dramatically from 8/1 to 15/8.
The recent turn of event suggests Arsenal have moved ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool in the hunt for the prolific goal scorer, with United understandably taking foot off the pedal after the successful capture of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmain and Morgan Schneiderlin.
A statement credited to Michael Bowers, Football Trader for Betfair, suggested the Gunners recent upsurge in the transfer race may have been triggered by Manchester United’s “relentless recruitment” recently.
“United’s relentless recruitment in recent days looks to have accelerated the transfer activity of London rivals Arsenal, who could well be making a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
“At the end of last week Arsenal were 8/1 second favorite behind United to sign the Frenchman but the gunners have been cut to 7/2 in recent days and are now 15/8 to add him to their strike force after further backing this morning.”
Speculations from Spain have continually been on the rise with reporters hinting at the possible departure of Benzema from the Santiago Bernabeu, and Betfair’s latest response comes less than 24 hours after El Confidencial journalist Kike Marin revealed that Benzema will leave the 10-time European Champions if he is snubbed by new manager Rafa Benitez.
Marin took to twitter to post the following comments: “@Arsenal Wenger has spoken with Benzema and #Arsenal will try to sign him if Karim doesn’t play with Rafa Benitez…”
Also, Spanish radio station Cadena COPE had revealed last week, that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger phoned Benzema in a bid to convince him to join his side ahead of the 2015/2016 season.