Manchester United are said to be readying a £30m summer bid to bring in a new forward player, with Louis van Gaal switching his focus to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema after learning of Gareth Bale’s desire to stay in Spain.
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The French international could be about to lose his place at the Bernabeu, with new manager Rafael Benitez supposedly keen on using Cristiano Ronaldo as an out-and-out striker next season.
The Portuguese attacker is normally used out wide despite his amazing scoring record, with Benzema a more traditional number 9-style player, but this tactical shift could mean he is more likely to be available for transfer this summer.
United need a big name up front after the failed loan of Radamel Falcao in 2014/15, and with Robin van Persie looking past his best and possibly heading to Lazio.
According to the Daily Mail, United have made the 27-year-old former Lyon man their priority target in this position.