Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid £278,000 per week Golden Man
It is claimed Man Utd and Arsenal are the two English sides interested in capturing Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema from Real.
His contract at the Bernabeu expires in June. Real have begun talks over an extension, but have so far been unable to meet Benzema’s demands.
The Frenchman wants a new two-year deal with a hefty pay rise. As Real are yet to submit such an offer, Benzema is ‘stalling’ the contract discussions.
This has apparently ‘opened the door’ for Man Utd or Arsenal to cause a major shock and bring Benzema to the Premier League.
One crucial factor may give the Red Devils the upper hand in the Benzema chase, too. Ten Hag is planning to ask Casemiro and Raphael Varane to convince Benzema to link up with Man Utd, rather than any of his other potential suitors.
The 35-year-old will be inclined to listen to Casemiro and Varane given the fact they played at Real together for several years.
It would be brilliant to see Benzema move to the Prem. He has never played in England before and it would be a big draw for crowds over here. Given the fact he hit 44 goals last season, he would almost certainly rip up Prem defences if he joined Man Utd or Arsenal.
However, there are a few reasons why such a move is unlikely. The first is Benzema’s strong affection for Real. He has played for them since 2009 and has won a host of trophies in that time. Even if there are problems in the contract renewal talks, these will probably be ironed out over the coming weeks.
Plus, there would be big question marks over whether Benzema would swap a club the size of Real for Man Utd or Arsenal. Los Blancos have won five Champions League titles since 2014. Man Utd’s last triumph in the competition came in 2008, while Arsenal have never won it.