Louis van Gaal finds himself short of striking options following the sale of last season’s first-choice starter Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce and the end-of-loan departure of Radamel Falcao, and has reportedly earmarked French international Benzema as a possible solution to a problem area.
The Daily Star believe Benzema, who is also an Arsenal target (AS via the Daily Mirror), could be set for a Bernabeu exit this summer, with newly-appointed manager Rafa Benitez ready to use Cristiano Ronaldo up front [Daily Mail].
Benzema has netted 133 goals in his six seasons in the Spanish capital, the French international having moved to Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009, and is a well-rounded attacker capable of providing a great deal other just an end product.
Last season, the 27-year-old finished as one of La Liga’s leading assist-makers (contributing 10 for his teammates in the league alone) and is part of Real Madrid’s mouth-watering three-pronged BBC (Benzema, Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo) attack.
Some reports suggest that van Gaal is ready to use Wayne Rooney in a central striking role next season (via the Daily Mail), although last term the Dutch manager opted to use the England international in a withdrawn role that perhaps gets the most out of Man United’s club captain.
Arsene Wenger is ready to offer £45.6m for Karim Benzema (via AS) as the Arsenal manager looks to strengthen his Emirates Stadium attack.