Manchester United have reportedly made an approach to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
It has been widely speculated that the 23-year-old would leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer after failing to claim a regular starting berth under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.
According to El Confidencial, United are prepared to offer Real Madrid £35 million in order to secure the services of the Frenchman, while Click Manchester claims the Old Trafford club are already 'in contact' with the Spanish side.
This would appear to contradict the utterances of Benzema's agent, who said only yesterday that his client would remain in Madrid until January at least.
"Karim is not going to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal or anywhere else," Karim Djaziri stated. "To make it absolutely clear he is staying in Madrid."
United's interest in Benzema stretches back a number of years, with Madrid pipping them to the forward when be moved to the Bernabeu in 2009.
Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to remain keen on the former Lyon hitman although it is seemingly unlikely that he will be making the move to Old Trafford any time soon.
United are also said to be pursuing Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder and Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik, while they are reportedly close to sealing a deal for Lens teenager Raphael Varane.