Real Madrid are willing to sacrifice the services of Karim Benzema - wanted by both Arsenal and Manchester United - in order to raised funds for the purchase of Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
The Daily Express carries somewhat surprising reports from Spain today suggesting that Los Blancos have resolved to try and land Raheem Sterling this year, and are willing to get rid of one of their star performers to do so.
The speculation in question makes the bold statement that Real will look to sell Benzema to either United or Arsenal, who have both been linked with strengthening their respective front-lines, and then aim to go through with their supposed £26 million plot to land Sterling.
The England international has once again this season proved worthy of the hype surrounding his potential, and though Brendan Rodgers appears confident of keeping him it may be an arduous task.
Real have shown to be resilient negotiators when they latch onto to an idea, and with Sterling sure to see his value given a dramatic increase if he signs a new deal, they’ll want to take advantage of his relatively low price.
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If that is the route they choose to take then it’s likely to spell the end for Benzema, who has never really been appreciated for the world-class talent he is at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last season he was forced to endure strong booing from the crowd after a barren spell in front of goal, and living in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo has done little to help his claim for being Real’s go-to-guy in Real’s frontline.
Move to the Premier League
At the moment it looks as though the Premier League is his most likely destination, with the ex-Lyon star rated highly on English shores. Radamel Falcao’s disappointing spell at Old Trafford doesn’t look like bagging him a permanent move this summer, meaning Louis van Gaal is set to have the £40 million needed to clinch Benzema to hand.
Of course he’ll have Arsene Wenger for company in the race for the France international’s services, with the Gunners long having searched for a striker capable of scoring 20+ goals a season.