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London & Manchester Brace Themselves…

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It’s a popular misconception that Real Madrid are purely a buying club. Although they’ve attempted to garner all of Europe’s talent by throwing money about likes it has been rapidly going out of fashion, they do just occasionally sell a player too.

Here’s three Galacticos deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and who might just find themselves in Good Old Blighty come this August.

Karim Benzema – Manchester United

The French international striker could prove to be the makeweight in a deal to take Nemanja Vidic to Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho has long-admired the Reds’ big Serbian defender and Vidic’s agent has hinted that a big-money post-World Cup transfer away from Old Trafford could be on the cards.

Sir Alex is understandably cool on the prospect of losing one of his regular back four but with Jonny Evans and new-signing Chris Smalling eagerly waiting to jump into his grave, a big fat cheque or player exchange could prove just too tempting to turn away.

Ferguson had been impressed with Benzema during his time at Lyon but the frontman opted to head for Spain in a £35m deal instead. It was this rebuttal that led to the signing of Michael Owen as an insurance policy.

At a tender 22-years-old, Benzema ticks all the boxes age-wise as Fergie tries to build a new dynasty of hungry young Red Devils.

Kaka – Chelsea

Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder is reportedly ready to quit the club this summer in order to link up with his former manager Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.

They worked together for six years at Milan where they won the Champions League and Serie A title. When Ancelotti upped sticks to take over Chelsea last summer, Kaka also opted to leave the San Siro for Madrid is an eye-watering £65m deal that was surpassed only weeks later by a certain Christiano Ronaldo who had had enough of all the rain they get up in Manchester.

The 28-year-old has not settled into life in central Spain as he would’ve hoped and made only 25 appearances in La Liga last season scoring eight goals.

Mourinho never misses a trick though and the wild old fox will no doubt wish to use Kaka as leverage in his ceaseless mission to reunite himself with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.

Raul – Manchester United

Real president Florentino Perez is believed to be ready to offer the 32-year-old a massive pay off to leave the club this summer. Manchester United have inevitably been linked with the veteran striker, however, as much as he is admired by Ferguson, his age would probably preclude any serious offer.

United are still said to be weighing up the pros and cons of a possible deal as although it is questionable whether he can have any meaningful impact on the Premiership in the twilight of his career, Raul’s name still carries considerable clout and would no doubt be a merchandising dream.

It’s worth noting that the Spaniard scored seven goals in only 13 starts last term and finished joint top scorer with 24 the season before so perhaps he could still do a job.

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