Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign France international striker Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Premier League side, who are not in action this weekend after being knocked out of the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month to Championship club Nottingham Forest, have been linked with the Real Madrid forward for numerous years and previous transfer windows.
The 30-year-old, who has 81 international caps for his country, has scored six goals and provided three assists in 22 appearances in all competitions for the defending La Liga champions so far this season.
Benzema, who arrived at the Bernabeu back in July 2009 following his switch from French outfit Lyon, has netted 187 goals in 387 games overall for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
The report suggests Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has made an agreement with the Frenchman to bring him to the Emirates Stadium, although the club are short of meeting Madrid’s asking price for the player.
Arsenal want to offer £35m for the striker’s services, whilst Madrid value Benzema more around £52.3m.
The Gunners are already negotiating a club-record deal for Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.