In perhaps one of the most inevitable transfer stories of the upcoming window, Karim Benzema has been linked with a host of European sides, after failing to light up the Bernabeu in the manner that a £30million player probably should. Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-term admirer of Benzema, and it’d surely interest him if the Frenchman became available; and, as we all know, he’s never been refused funds for a transfer by the Glazers. He just … y’know … wanted Bebe instead of Ozil.
Match-fixing giants Juventus are also reportedly after the striker, and new manager Luigi Delneri certainly isn’t being refused any transfer money; he’s spent in excess of €50million rebuilding their squad this summer. Juve are yet to return to the pinnacle of European football following the Calciopoli scandal, and a player of Benzema’s class would be good for the club’s stature as well as the quality of their football.
Rounding off the interested clubs, aside from the inevitable sides yet to express interest (City, basically), is Liverpool. They’re woefully short of attacking options, with only a group of unproven kids aside from the out-of-form Fernando Torres. It’s pretty unlikely, however, that Benzema would want to join a sinking ship who are gonna struggle to get back into the Champions League this season, let alone challenge for the title.
Real coach Jose Mourinho has expressed a desire to keep Benzema in Madrid; but with the 22-year far from guaranteed a first-team place, it may come down to a battle of egos. They’d certainly make a loss on the €35million they paid for him at the beginning of last season.
United and Liverpool are struggling financially, which would suggest that Juve would be favourites for his signature. However, it may depend on how the clubs are doing in January: both Juve and Liverpool need to improve on seventh place finishes last season. Besides, following a recent scandal with a French prostitution ring, I’m sure he could form a prolific partnership with a certain United striker…
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