Real Madrid are preparing to stun the footballing world with a huge bid for Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller next summer, and are desperate to offload Karim Benzema as a result.
According to the Daily Express Los Blancos want to put together a package that will entice Pep Guardiola’s forward to La Liga, with Manchester United being given a significant boost in their pursuit of Benzema.
The Red Devils are thought to be hot on the heels of the France international, who is worth £40 million, as are Liverpool and Arsenal, and Louis van Gaal will now surely push for a major transfer either at the start of the New Year or during the summer.
It’s said that Benzema is the Dutchman’s priority target when it comes to bolstering his frontline, and the Red Devils certainly have the finances in place to construct an offer Real would be loathe to refuse.
Using sponsorship deals, and perhaps the sales of one or two current stars, to supplement their outgoing expenses, United can avoid falling foul of the Financial Fair Play rules which have curtailed the ambitions of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona recently, and if they opt not to pursue a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao there will be ample room for manoeuvre on the wage budget.
Van Gaal's frontline
The Colombia international has flattered to deceive during the early stages of his Old Trafford career, and with just the one goal to his name he needs to improve if he’s to convince Van Gaal he’s worthy of the expense needed to turn his loan spell into a permanent deal.
At the moment his future is shrouded in uncertainty given his various injury struggles, and along with Robin van Persie he may leave the club come the end of the season to make way for the next step in Van Gaal’s regime.
The Dutchman is known to be in favour of giving youth a chance and, with James Wilson waiting in the wings, could resolve to free up room by ridding himself of the aforesaid duo.
As for Real’s sale of Benzema Carlo Ancelotti will surely know that it won’t go down well with the squad. Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have expressed his disappointment over the decision to allow both Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria to leave, and the Italian may have to tread carefully if he wants his business to be conducive to squad harmony.