Benzema Happy in Madrid; Should Arsenal Buy out Falcao's £26m Release Clause?

Robin SAnalyst IMay 28, 2011

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Radamel Falcao Garcia of FC Porto celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Karim Benzema has dismissed talk of a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu and insists he's happy in Madrid.

"I feel very good at Madrid, in the team, I adore the fans, the people, the stadium... I'm going to stay for many years," said Benzema.

While it's too early to rule out a summer move for Benzema, it must be said that after his statements, it looks unlikely that he will be on the move this summer.

He's a quality player, someone who would add more firepower to Arsenal's attack. Many Arsenal fans want to see him donning the Arsenal jersey, but they'll have to wait.

It might be that Benzema doesn't want to leave Real Madrid deemed as a failure and prove everyone wrong.

But for that, he will have to compete with Gonzalo Higuain—who's certain to be the first choice being fan favourite—and a new striker that Jose Mourinho is certain to sign this summer.

Sergio Aguero is very close to signing for the Bernabeu club. Carlos Tevez is the other name bandied around as a potential signing for Mourinho. So, it seems certain that Benzema will warm the bench next season.

It's still possible that Arsenal could sign Benzema this summer, but they'll have to wait. Arsenal will have to wait for Real Madrid to sign a new striker, which would force Benzema to reassess his situation.

Even then, it's not guaranteed that Arsenal will get the French striker. The transfer fee is also on the higher side. £25 million might be enough, but only if Benzema is willing to escape from Madrid besides Mourinho's willingness to sell.

The dilemma is, should Arsenal wait for the uncertain or buy out the release clause of a star striker who has risen to prominence with stellar performances for FC Porto?

A goal poacher and a tremendous finisher who's wily as well as brawny, Radamel Falcao is the newest sensation in European Football. It's worth remembering Arsene Wenger could've signed him from River Plate before Falcao joined the Portuguese club. But he wouldn't.

That was the period when Wenger focused primarily on mediocre signings. Now is the chance for redemption.

It's widely known that Falcao has a £26 million release clause in his current contract. As you would expect, Porto is desperately trying to persuade him to extend his contract with improved figures basically to insert a substantial buy-out sum.

Falcao's agent has revealed that both Arsenal and Tottenham are in contact with Porto for securing the services of the Colombian sensation. It's also understood that Tottenham Hotspur have already had a £20m bid rejected by Porto for Falcao.

It's likely that one of these two clubs will sign him this summer. And it seems even Falcao is readying himself for a move to England.

Arsenal faces stiff competition from Tottenham, who have the money to meet the valuation on Falcao's release clause.

It's a matter of time; however, if Arsenal move quickly and buy out his contract that would be a coup. Champions League football on offer (well almost on offer) at the Emirates gives Arsenal the upper hand.

Wenger is notorious for biding his time before making bids just to see if he could get his target for a cheap. This is not the summer to do that. And there is one more reason why he will make signings in early June.

Inside information is that Samir Nasri is stalling on contract extension just to see more ambition from the club in the transfer market. So, he won't sign unless Wenger brings in quality players. That will force Wenger to act quickly.

Despite Wenger revealing his intention to splash the cash, it's Harry Redknapp who is known for his profligacy.

The Spurs have grossed substantial cash from Champions League football and are willing to pay up to £30m for a world-class striker. Fans are deriding Redknapp for not signing a proven striker in January, which might have given them a better shot at finishing in the top four.

£26 million is serious money, but quality doesn't come cheap. The sooner Wenger realises, the better it is.

Considering the glittering form and astonishing goal-scoring record of Falcao, that fee is only on the lower side. This is Arsenal's chance. Buy out the release clause of the Colombian hitman or see their bitter rivals fielding him against the Gunners next season.

You can read further: Benzema's happy to stay at Madrid and Falcao attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.


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