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Both Manchester City and Arsenal are reportedly interested in a cut-price deal for out-of-favour Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema .
Benzema moved from Lyon to the Bernabeu last summer. Last term, he scored nine goals in 32 appearances for Real Madrid, but his lack of first-team action led to his exclusion from Raymond Domenech’s French World Cup squad.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has previously stated his desire to hold onto the player, but with Benzema having played 90 minutes for Real just once this season, and scored only one league goal, speculation persists that he will leave the Bernabeu.
Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo reports that the chances of Benzema moving have increased given that he was left on the bench during last weekend's game against Valencia, despite the absence of injured striker Gonzalo Higuain.
As a result, they claim that Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus believe that they may be able to land Benzema for significantly less than the €35 million that saw him move to the Bernabeu.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been linked with several strikers as he looks to add another goalscoring option to Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. The Emmanuel Adebayor are expected to leave Eastlands over the winter.
Meanwhile, there has been speculation over the future of Nicklas Bendtner at Arsenal. If there is any truth in the talk that he could leave the Emirates Stadium for lack of first-team football, there would be room for Arsene Wenger to add a striker to the Arsenal attack.
Benzema has scored 11 goals in 32 games for France, including a strike against England at Wembley last month.