Reports that Real Madrid are set to spend big money to make Colombia international Radamel Falcao their latest Galactico plunge the future of Karim Benzema into doubt. The France international is in serious danger of losing his status as the first-choice striker at the Bernabeu - and the possibility of a transfer away from the Spanish giants can’t be ruled out at this stage.
Benzema can feel rather hard done by if these latest reports are true. The 26-year-old has just enjoyed arguably the best season of his professional career - winning the Champions League title for the first time - and has lit up the World Cup finals in Brazil while leading the line for Les Blues.
It’s safe to assume, then, that there will be high demand for the powerful forward if Real Madrid decide to sell. But where might the Frenchman begin the next stage of his career?
Thanks to SkyBet, who have drawn up a list of potential suitors along with their respective odds of signing Benzema, we can provide a closer analyses of the clubs in contention to secure his signature.
BENZEMA: STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
There’s a reason why Benzema will command a transfer fee of around £40 million: he scores lots of goals. There are few more reliable goalscorers on the continent, which is why any interested club will need to pay top dollar for his services.
Benzema is an ice-cool finisher who is both powerful and fast. He scores all types of goals thanks to his predatory penalty-box instincts and is capable of linking up to good effect with his teammates, as he has proven in his five years with Real Madrid.
There aren’t any notable weaknesses to Benzema’s game. In fact, he could become even more prolific playing in a team not designed around getting the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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