You would have thought that 11 goals in 11 matches would mean that Karim Benzema’s future at Real Madrid was secure, but according to reports, the Spanish giants are open to selling the French forward.
Benzema has had a rather impressive season so far with Real Madrid, and alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and James Rodriguez, he is part of the most feared striking outfit in world soccer.
But rumors have started to emerge that Madrid are currently considering selling the powerful forward, and they are even prepared to listen to bids for the player.
According to the Express, Spanish sources have admitted that Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is willing to sell the forward despite the fact that he has consistently scored while playing for the team.
It’s believed that while Ancelotti would like to keep Benzema, he would accept an offer for the 26-year-old if one came in.
This is music to the ears of the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal, each of whom are currently in the market for a centre-forward, and this trio of English clubs are now thought to be preparing bids to try and entice the player to the Premier League.
However it would take a hefty bid to force Real Madrid to part with Benzema’s talents. Insiders believe that an offer of around $55 million would be accepted by Madrid though. Whoever made that bid would then have to offer Benzema around $200,000 per week, as this is allegedly what he is currently being paid at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are looking to offload a number of their players due to their increasing debt. The Spanish giants are thought to be around $650 million in arrears, and this has now forced them to consider selling the likes of Benzema, Iker Casillas, and Fabio Coentrao.
Meanwhile, they are also unlikely to make Javier Hernandez’s year-long loan move from Manchester United permanent, which means that the Mexican striker is likely to depart Old Trafford on a free when his contract expires next summer.
When Karim Benzema announced his intention to leave Lyon in the summer of 2009, a whole host of European clubs instantly became interested in acquiring his services. Quick, strong, and an incredible finisher from anywhere in or around the box, Benzema has only improved his skills since arriving at Madrid.
However the explosive exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have eclipsed the forward’s rather impressive efforts. In 170 appearances he has scored 80 times for Madrid, but he has also contributed to their form with his all-round tireless displays.
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