Liverpool will be given the chance to complete a stunning £40 million deal for Karim Benzema in the summer, as Real Madrid plot a big-money move for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani.
The Daily Star, citing Spanish sources, makes the bold claim that Los Blancos are prepared to part ways with their French striker in order to raise funds for their raid on the Parc des Princes, with Benzema never have been considered a fan favourite at the club.
Despite boasting a healthy goal record during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu - he’s scored 20+ goals in every campaign bar his first in Spain - Benzema has been forced to live in the shadow of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, and last season had to endure a period where he was constantly harangued by supporters.
As such talk of him being sold on has never been too far away from the headlines, and it now seems it could finally come to fruition if Brendan Rodgers is willing to pay £40 million in the summer. The Star claims Benzema is frustrated with Carlo Ancelotti, which could prove to be pivotal if negotiations reach an advanced stage.
Real turn to Cavani
In turn Real are said to be ready to use their budget to lure Cavani to Spain, with the Uruguayan having become disillusioned with life at the Parc des Princes. The former Napoli man has struggled to leave his mark on the squad, persistently being played out wide to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is believed to be ready to move on to revive his career.
Of course if the 27-year-old is to make a switch then there’s a host of Premier League clubs who will be vying for his signature. Manchester United and Arsenal are both said to have kept tabs on him in recent times, and either one could probably afford his price-tag, thought to stand at a whopping £62 million, if Louis van Gaal or Arsene Wenger give the nod.
Nevertheless the side that looks like benefitting most from this saga is Liverpool, with Rodgers surely desperate to land another world-class striker. The departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona has left his team worryingly bereft of game-changing forwards, and flop signing Mario Balotelli may be allowed to leave after just one season at the club.