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Man Utd Turn To £24m Hot Shot to Replace Exit Bound Tevez

Fergie eyes up Carlito replacement of high quality, but do they need him?

The Rumour

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United are cooling their interest in Tevez because he is considered too close in his style of play to Wayne Rooney.

Sir Alex Ferguson would rather plough the £24m it would take to sign the former West Ham player on a permanent basis into a move for Lyon striker Karim Benzema.

The Source: (The Metro)

The Analysis

It seems more and more likely that Sir Alex will not stump the fee needed to make Carlos Tevez a permanent fixture at Old Trafford and the hunt for a replacement has begun in earnest.

Karim Benzema has been in goal machine form for a few seasons now and given that his Lyon side have surrendered the French title for the first time in seven years it would appear the timing is right for the 21 year old to make the move up to a higher level league, such as the English Premier League.

In today’s market the fee mentioned by this source seems like a bargain and one that could well work out for Man United. However Ferguson may opt to play Rooney back in his preferred position up front alongside Berbatov and therefore the Champions may not need to bring in such a high profile player up front as they would spend the lions share of the time on the bench. It is perhaps more likely that the club would opt for a left sided player instead, hence the recent rumours surrounding a bid for Wigan man Luis Antonio Valencia who can play on both flanks.

The Likelihood

Benzema to Man Utd: A move for Karim may be more of a headache than the club needs.

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