Mystery remains over the Premier League club who made a €50m enquiry for Karim Benzema.

Spanish football agent Francois Gallardo set tongues wagging a fortnight ago when he claimed a mystery English club had made an approach with a view to signing Karim Benzema.

He claimed a proposal of around €45 - €50 million was being talked about to lodge with Real Madrid, a club he regularly has dealings with.

"Next week, after the Clasico, my team and I will be in Madrid. A person from England (will) come to see us and then call to the offices of the Bernabéu to meet him. They want to inquire about Benzema.

"The English team will want him in the winter but, if not possible, to get him back in the summer. The offered amount will be around 45 to 50 million and is from a club at the 'top' of England."

The Express, and The Metro were a couple of several papers to pick up on the rumours from Spain, but with the Clasico been and gone, it has all gone mysteriously quiet, even with Karim Benzema is back in the goals, bagging twice against Sevilla in midweek.

Until now. Gallardo has been speaking to Spanish talkshow Punto Pelota, to who he originally made the claims, and has been backtracking slightly.

He confirms an approach has been made, but Real Madrid are not swayed to do anything regarding the striker's future until next summer, especially with Monaco owner Dmitri Rybolovlev confirming to Marca today that Falcao is not going anywhere in January.

He said: "Real Madrid has received an inquiry by Karim Benzema. Real Madrid has answered that they can not say yes, nor no. (They are) going to let time pass, wait until summer and see what then is the status of French striker."

The report adds that Gallardo states categorically that Premier League leaders Arsenal were not the club who made the approach.

He adds that the team who made the offer made clear their interest was with a view to signing next summer and the offer will still stand.

Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil in the summer from Real, and Gallardo was the agent who infamously upset the German's father, with claims he made about Manchester United being in for him.