Karim Benzema has alerted Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea by expressing his desire to leave Al Ittihad this month. The veteran striker’s move to the Saudi Pro League has soured, and he has informed the club of his wish to go on loan before the January window closes.
According to AFP, a source close to the player revealed that Benzema rejected an offer to move to another Saudi Arabian club. In a reportedly tense meeting, he conveyed to his current employers that he feels unable to perform at his best due to the current pressure at Al Ittihad.
The 36-year-old’s decision to leave is likely to attract interest from several Premier League clubs in need of a new center forward. While Arsenal recently showcased their attacking prowess in a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, their financial constraints may limit their ability to make significant signings this month.
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Chelsea, missing Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, are set to face Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. Despite their goal-scoring struggles, Manchester United is unlikely to make moves in the window. However, former United striker Andy Cole believes that signing Benzema would be a wise move, praising the veteran’s capabilities and understanding his decision to move to Saudi Arabia for financial reasons.