Karim Benzema’s five season stay at Real Madrid is likely to end in January, with long term admirers Arsenal being the favourites to sign him, reports the London Evening Standard.

Benzema, 25, who has scored four goals in 10 appearances for Madrid this season, has been publicly criticised by new manager Carlo Ancelotti, and despite starting all of Madrid’s matches this season, Real president Florentino Perez admits that Benzema could be heading out of the Bernabeu in January.

“I have faith in all the players in our squad,” Perez told Spanish football chat show Punto Pelota.

“Karim is a great player and we get offers for him all the time, every summer. All I can say is that the coach is the one who has the authority to do what he believes is right.”

Real Madrid have reportedly told The Gunners (who have been trying to sign Benzema since 2011) that they can have the French striker for £20million and if this move were to take place, Madrid will use the money from the Benzema deal to line up a move for Monaco striker, Radamel Falcao who only moved to the French side in the summer for £50million.

“He (Falcao) won’t come in January but in June, who knows?” Perez added.

“Nothing is impossible and there is a lot of time between now and then. Falcao is a great player and I am aware that he wants to play for (Real) Madrid. I am aware of that, but it’s normal. They told me.”

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