Old Trafford boss wants French international but will not offer obscene money to get him.
Manchester United’s determination to regain the Premier League title will not draw them into paying the top-end wages commanded by some players at Manchester City and Chelsea, despite the Glazer family’s indications to Sir Alex Ferguson that there is money to spend this summer.
The Independent understands that United matched Lyons’ £35m asking price for Karim Benzema last summer but only walked away from the deal when the player’s wage demands soared to near £200,000 a week. Though City were prepared to pay John Terry more than £200,000 a week to move to Eastlands last summer, United will apply the same strictures on salaries as they set about winning back the title.
United have been linked with a fresh move for Benzema, who moved to Real for £35m – the same price United were offering 12 months ago. But the player will seemingly need to accept a substantial reduction in pay, and any desire United may have for a more potent strike partner for Wayne Rooney will be tempered by a determination not to shatter the current pay structure. Wayne Rooney is likely to become United’s highest paid player by signing a possible £150,000-a-week deal after the World Cup. (Independent)
Whether the decision to not break the bank to pay obscene wages is made because the Glazers are inept businessmen or because the club does not want to pay silly money it still seems quite prudent to avoid trying to spend crazily. Given the recessionary times we live in even a club as large as Manchester United are in very big debt and to exacerbate the situation by paying £200k a week in wages to any player would be wrong on so many levels.
That being said if Sir Alex Ferguson can get Karim Benzema to Old Trafford he could put together what would surely be one of the most feared strike partnerships in Europe by placing the Frenchman alongside Wayne Rooney.
Since his arrival at the Bernabeu, the former Lyon man has failed to have much luck. He hasn’t had a fair crack of the whip and as such as failed to get a run in the team which has therefore had a knock on effect on his form on the field.
It is clear just how much ability and potential the 22 year old has and if Real Madrid do indeed decide to offload the powerful front man then Ferguson would do well to snap him up.