Does Real Madrid's pursuit of Radamel Falcao free up Karim Benzema?

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Arsenal and Internazionale may be alert to Real's interest in AS Monaco star as it could have implications for Karim, but they shouldn't get their hopes up…

Earlier in the season, AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao was cited as one of the likely stars of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

As has been played out, the role of attackers and strikers cannot be underestimated as multiple nations have abandoned stringent defences and funneled play through their forwards. Brazil icon Neymar, France striker Karim Benzema, Germany superstar Thomas Muller and Netherlands don Robin van Persie are just four athletes to benefit from such an approach.

And, considering the form of playmaker James Rodriguez, who has netted thrice and assisted twice, Falcao would have been amply supplied at the tournament finals.

It is not all doom and gloom for the hotshot, though, as he is currently holidaying in Miami and reportedly set to agree terms with Real Madrid, just one year after joining Monaco in a high-profile £50 million deal, according to AS, who imply that the player's agent Jorge Mendes has been working on the case as Falcao said last Saturday that it is his dream to exact a move.

Where does that leave primary strike choice at the Estadio Santiago Benabeu, Karim Benzema, though?

The Frenchman has been a revelation in the absence of Mesut Ozil as he supplied Cristiano Ronaldo with plentiful passes and assists. His form at the World Cup, too, has been sublime.

So good, that Arsenal and Internazionale may be hoping that Falcao's arrival will push Benzema down the pecking order, or encourage the player to leave Spain in order to maintain his world class form elsewhere if he is not part of Los Blancos plans..

Neither is likely to happen.

If Real were to acquire Falcao, Benzema's status as a regular under Carlo Ancelotti would likely remain unaffected.

MARCA sources claim that contractual negotiations over an extension are "going well", while manager Ancelotti made it known to the upper brass - Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez - that Benzema is "key to his plans".

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