Real Madrid should consider selling Karim Benzema in January

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If current transfer rumours are to be believed, then both Real Madrid and Karim Benzema are looking for a parting of the ways in the January window.

Sources close to the player indicate that Benzema is feeling more marginalised of late, whilst the club appear prepared to cash in on the Frenchman whilst he still has some resale value.

There's not too much doubt that Real would be able to cover his absence given their high-quality attacking options, but Benzema brings them something none of their other superstars do.

And that is a proper old school physical centre forward's presence.

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True modern day centre-forward

There is much to be said about players that can practice the finer points of the game but also bring the dark arts to the table when required.

Benzema is a fine example of a player that is more than happy to mix it when required, but also has the most delicate of touches when needed.

It's a skill set that when allied to work rate and industry is an intoxicating mix. A modern twist in the central attacking role if you prefer.

The thought of the Frenchman's sale certainly won't endear an already under-fire Florentino Perez to certain players in the side.

After being quite outspoken at the sales of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, selling Benzema would likely send Cristiano Ronaldo over the edge.

GiveMeSport's Alex Martin has already detailed how Madrid's finest made it clear he wanted Benzema in-situ when the possibility of Luis Suarez coming to the Santiago Bernabeu was mooted.

Mr Assist

Perhaps the unecessary purchase of James Rodriguez has tipped the scales of FFP the wrong way for Madrid, and therefore Perez will take incoming funds howsoever possible.

But at only 26 years of age, Benzema remains still some way short of his peak years as a footballer.

Per, Benzema provided Ronaldo with a staggering 13 assists during last season. Bear in mind of course that the Frenchman's primary role is as a goalscorer rather than creator.

This season, despite only scoring once himself, he has still assisted on three separate occasions per WhoScored including for this fabulous goal for Ronaldo at Villarreal:

Whilst Benzema might not fall into the "Galactico" bracket, his particular brand of forward play will be sorely missed.

Europe's most feared trio

In a record-breaking campaign last season, the Frenchman was an able and active member of the "BBC," European football's most feared front three alongside Gareth Bale and Ronaldo.

It seems inconceivable that a player who has provided such quality over a number of seasons could be dispensed with at the drop of a hat, simply because "someone has to go to balance the books."

Players do come and go of course, but you don't set about breaking up the most successful attacking trio in Real Madrid's history because you can't stop yourself from flashing your wallet at football's next big thing.

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