Manchester United will be keeping a close eye on Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

With the Champions League returning next week reports in the Spanish Press indicate that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is not impressed with last years summer signing. Karim Benzema form hasn't help as the Real Madrid striker only managing to score seven goals in 19 appearances in la Liga.

The Madrid president is keen to raise funds to sign Valencia star David Villa and as everyone found out last year it’s not often Real don't get their man.

Manchester United were after the striker during last summer, with United willing to make Benzema a British-record signing.

The price tag was the only defining factor the then Lyon forward did not join Manchester United.

"We tried to spend [the Ronaldo money] on Karim Benzema as, at 21, I felt that there would be an improvement there," Ferguson said, according to Sky Sports News.

"He is tough, good physique, a good goal scoring record, so it was worth going a wee bit extra for him because of his age.

"But when it went to £42 million [€48.5m], it was beyond his value. We went to £35m [€40m] and I think that was fair."

Sir Alex Ferguson has always been full of praise for the striker and with Real keen to offload Benzema at the reduced price, reportedly ranging between €20 and €25 million, this opportunity comes across very tempting.

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