Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all thought to be looking at Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. According to the Daily Express, Carlo Ancelotti is willing to let the Frenchman leave the Spanish capital.
Ancelotti’s Real Madrid have been flying in La Liga this season and lead the table meaning the club is in no need to sell their prolific forward. However, it is expected that any deal considered good enough to prize the 26-year-old away from Santiago Bernabeu will see him leave even with a long running contract.
Benzema joined Los Blancos from Lyon in July 2009 for an initial €35m (rising to €41m), signing from the club where he began his career. At Lyon he graduated from their youth system and scored 15 goals in 20 league games for their B side. Benzema made his debut for the full Lyon squad in December 2004, going on to net 43 goals in 112 Ligue 1 matches. He also won 4 Ligue 1 titles and then moved to Spain where he continued to impress.
At Real Madrid, Benzema has a record of 80 Liga Liga goals in 170 fixtures, 124 in 255 in all competitions. Whilst sometimes criticised for going missing in some bigger clashes, the 76 time capped French international would certainly add something to every club interested.
£40m is the reported opening bid needed to tempt the hierarchy, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United fans… is he worth that? Do you want him?
By Gareth Thomas | December 1st, 2014