Real Madrid are reportedly considering selling €35 million striker Karim Benzema, and Manchester United are favourites to land the star, according to Italian publication La Stampa.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan of Benzema, with Ferguson attempting to purchase the striker in 2009, only to be edged out at the last minute by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Benzema is reportedly frustrated by being constantly benched after the arrival of Manchester City on loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor, and feels that a move to Manchester United would see him get more game time again.
The 23 year old may be forced to leave Real Madrid, with speculation growing that Jose Mourinho is close to signing Adebayor on a permanent basis. Should this happen, Benzema’s position of second place will be all but guaranteed with the Spanish giants unless they decide to cash in.
With Adebayor close to a deal with Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of Benzema coming to Manchester United, with the French international scoring 10 goals in eight appearances for Real Madrid this season.
Pundits have described Benzema as immensely talented and a potent finisher from inside the box.
And in a bonus for Ferguson, Benzema’s tender age of 23 means he will contribute to lowering the average age of the Manchester United squad.