Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offload striker Karim Benzema in the summer – and use the cash from his sale to reinvest in a promising young forward.
The Frenchman is linked with a switch to the Premier League, as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested – but he won’t come cheap…
The Spanish giants, according to the Daily Star, are willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old when the summer transfer window opens, but will demand a fee of £40m be met for his signature.
Real believe the France international is dispensable to the current senior Madrid squad and, the report claims, Los Blancos want to replace him with a younger striker.
Benzema has spent six seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, but having never been prolific for the club, patience seems to have run out.
The attacker had been missing for almost a month with a knee ligament injury, but having returned to training, could make his return in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie versus Juventus – after missing out in the crushing 2-2 draw with Valencia over the weekend.
Real were beaten 2-1 in the first-leg in Turin – but a place in the final remains firmly in the balance.