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Chelsea and Manchester City in contact with Benzema camp

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Chelsea and Manchester City are in talks with representatives of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, GiveMeSport understands.

French international Benzema - who first joined Real from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon during the summer of 2009 - has just one-year remaining on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu and his UK representative - Jonathan Hope - has claimed that he is in discussions with both Premier League clubs concerning the 26-year-old.

" I can confirm that I am I'm in talks with Manchester City and Chelsea in relation to Karim Benzema," Hope told GiveMeSport.

"He has one-year remaining on his contract and he would relish the chance to play in England. A £40 million transfer fee in the summer is not a lot for, in my opinion, the best centre-forward in the world.

"Chelsea are a huge interest given that Jose Mourinho is there but we were at the Manchester City table last year and it looks similar this year. He is a great guy and a terrific footballer - the elite of strikers. Hopefully his future is sorted as soon as possible."

Given that Benzema has performed so impressively for Real Madrid so far this season with 17 goals in 29 La Liga appearances, news of apparent interest from two of the Premier League's biggest clubs is certainly no surprise.

With question marks continuing to persist over the quartet of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge, it is widely anticipated that Mourinho - who managed Benzema during his spell in Spain - will be in the market for a proven striker at the end of the season.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, cannot claim to be short of firepower with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo currently at his disposal - not to mention the incredible talents of combative midfielder Yaya Toure.

However, with both Chelsea and indeed Arsenal potentially on the lookout for new strikers this summer, it seems possible that the experienced Chilean could be keen to lavish funds on £40 million-rated Benzema in order simply to re-affirm their dominance in that particular area of the market.

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