Benzema lays down Real wage demands: Liverpool and Arsenal to pounce?

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has reportedly asked for his wages to be doubled, as Liverpool and Arsenal monitor the situation closely.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has reached a crossroads at the Bernabeu Stadium as his contract is due to expire next summer.

The French international is understood to want to stay in the Spanish capital, though his huge wage demands could force Real Madrid to sell the star with Liverpool and Arsenal both interested.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of his fellow Frenchman, and the striker was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners last season.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are enjoying a busy summer in the transfer market and a top class striker to add competition to Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge would unquestionably help the Reds adapt to the demands of Champions League football next season.

Benzema, 26, has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career under Carlo Ancelotti, scoring 24 goals in 52 appearances and helping the club win the Copa Del Rey ad the Champions League.

His reported current salary of €4.5million, however, falls way behind the €21million that Cristiano Ronaldo earns and according the Spanish newspaper AS, the Frenchman has asked for his wages to be doubled to €9million a year, roughly £150,000 a week.

Despite only being a one in two striker for goals, his overall play gets the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a big admirer.

Nevertheless, fellow board members consider Benzema’s goalscoring rate to be insufficient for one who is demanding €9million a year, and the situation has therefore caused Real Madrid quite a dilemma.

With no outcome closer to being made, Real Madrid will soon be forced into making a big decision as Los Blancos wouldn't want to risk losing Benzema next season for free. As for Liverpool and Arsenal, they can only monitor the situation from afar, but be ready to pounce should the opportunity to sign the striker arise.

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