Arsenal and Chelsea could miss out on perfect January transfer as Man United explore deal

Arsenal and Chelsea are both in desperate need of a new striker to solve their goalscoring problems this month, with Karim Benzema reportedly hoping to secure a move away from Saudi Arabia

Arsenal and Chelsea could miss out on signing Karim Benzema on loan this month with Manchester United now exploring a deal for the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner. Benzema joined Al-Ittihad on a free transfer in the summer, but could now complete a shock exit from the Saudi Arabian club.

The French striker has been the subject of intense transfer speculation, with reports linking him with a move away from Saudi Arabia this week. The Al-Ittihad superstar, who is reportedly trapped in Mauritius, is attracting interest from Man United, according to Javier Parra Pena.

Benzema has scored 15 goals in 24 appearances for the Saudi Pro League side since calling time on his career in Spain. However, recent reports claim the 36-year-old is seeking a move back to Europe, with United thought to be keeping tabs on his situation this month.

Erik ten Hag’s side are also in the market for a new centre-forward this month as they look to solve their own problems in front of goal. Mikel Arteta has admitted it is “unrealistic” to expect the Gunners to sign a new striker this month with Arsenal facing financial limitations following a £200million summer spending spree

Chelsea, meanwhile, could still make a move to sign a new No.9 in the coming weeks as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his attack. The Blues will find out whether they have breached the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules on Monday with clubs set to be informed if they have been charged for recording over £105million in losses over the past three seasons.

United currently have Rasmus Hojlund and Anthony Martial at their disposal in terms of striker options, with neither player proving their consistency in front of goal. Benzema would bring almost a guarantee of goals and his experience could be invaluable for any Premier League club until the end of the season.

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