La Liga champions Real Madrid have not ruled out the possible sale of French international Karim Benzema in the summer.

Karim Benzema has been heavily linked to many Premier League sides in the past, such as Liverpool, Manchester United and, of course, Arsenal and are said to be monitoring the situation of Los Blancos’ striker.

FA Cup never leaves us bereft of drama as Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton were knocked out of the tournament in the same day that a Championship side forced Liverpool into a replay.

Arsenal supporters will be hoping that the curse on Premier League clubs is not carried on by their club.

However, there is one Arsenal supporter, who wishes that his team succumb to a defeat at Falmer Stadium as the Gunners bid to defend their only trophy in a decade.

Villarreal have issued a statement on their official website that they have an agreement in principle with Arsenal over the transfer of Gabriel Paulista. As a part of the deal, Joel Campbell is set to move the other way on loan until the end of the season.

An official statement from the Spanish club read:

“Villarreal and Arsenal have come to a preliminary agreement that will be completed on Monday, for the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Armando de Abreu. Once Gabriel passes the physical examination, he will join the Gunners in the Premier League.”

Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi is desperate to force a move through to the Emirates this month, according to the Express.

As reported yesterday, the Gunners were interested in the holding midfielder however Carlo Ancelotti was fast to crush any rumours. Arsenal have been heavily linked with Illarramendi and an apparent bid of around £24million being considered by the North London outfit.

Arsenal have tabled a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Kevin Grosskreutz, according to The Metro.

The bid is believed to be in the region of £3.7million for the services of the German international.