Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has claimed that Real Madrid have made an offer for ex-Chelsea player Kevin de Bruyne, which could in turn open the door for Arsenal to sign Karim Benzema.
Hecking told local media, “Real Madrid are among the clubs, interested in Kevin. Hey have already launched an offer. I don’t want to name the financial details of the deal, but De Bruyne could only be available if his buy-out clause is met.”
Intriguingly, the former Chelsea player's buyout clause is not dissimilar to the £45m being mentioned as the amount Arsenal are reportedly willing to spend on Benzema.
Although a deal for the Frenchman was beginning to look less and less likely, the signing of De Bruyne could be the catalyst for a transfer domino effect. Even though the Belgian isn't a striker, De Bruyne could play wide to accommodate one of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale moving to a central position, which has been mooted ever since Rafa Benitez took over.