Man United make £45m Arsenal target their top transfer priority of the summer

Manchester United will look to sign Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema once they have completed the capture of Barcelona star Pedro, according to the Daily Star.

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].

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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role next season (via the Daily Mail), although last term the Dutch manager opted to use the England international in a withdrawn role that perhaps gets the most out of Man United’s club captain.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.

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