Manchester United have held transfer talks with Real Madrid star Karim Benzema via executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the player’s agent.
According to information in the Manchester Evening News this morning United are keen to tie up a deal for the France striker and sent Woodward to treat with Benzema’s chief representative, Karim Djaziri earlier this week at the Savoy hotel in London.
The latest news comes after it was speculated the Red Devils are plotting a bid of around £40 million for the Real superstar, who is facing an uncertain future now that Carlo Ancelotti has left the Santiago Bernabeu.
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The former Lyon striker isn’t considered indispensable by Real president Florentino Perez and though he has an excellent relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo the fear was that if Ancelotti was sacked this summer he would lose his anchor to the Spanish champions.
Likely to leave?
As of yet new boss Rafael Benitez has yet to confirm his plans for the striker either way, but if rumours of his interest in securing a deal for Raheem Sterling are true something, or in this case someone, has to give. In short there’s only room for so many attacking players in one team.
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A consequence of that is that United obviously smell blood and have Woodward working in an effort to ensure they are top of the pile with regards to suitors if and when Benzema is to leave Los Blancos.
Manager Louis van Gaal is thought to be a keen admirer of Benzema, and he will undoubtedly try to succeed where Sir Alex Ferguson failed in taking him to Old Trafford. The legendary Scot is believed to have attempted to prise the Frenchman away from Lyon before his move to Real, but he failed.
However, whereas Ferguson had the luxury of falling back on other options Van Gaal is all too aware he might need more firepower up front if he is to mount a serious assault on the Premier League.
Lack of firepower
Last season Wayne Rooney was the top goalscorer at the club, notching just 14, and the days where Robin van Persie is the most lethal forward in the league look to be over.
With the option to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal rejected it means United only have the young James Wilson as a backup option. Benzema is not only far more prolific but he has experience and genuine pedigree at the highest level, making a transfer a logical avenue for Van Gaal to explore.
United fans, how good could you be if Benzema were to join this summer? Is the deal possible? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.