Real Madrid ready to beat Manchester United to £98m transfer target in smart swap deal

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to try offering Karim Benzema to Inter Milan in a bid to land Mauro Icardi in a swap deal transfer.

This could be bad news for Manchester United, who were recently linked with a £98million bid for the prolific Argentina international by Ole Magazine, as reported by AS.

Icardi would be a fine signing for the Red Devils to provide them with an upgrade in attack following the struggles of players like Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

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However, Real Madrid also need a new big name signing up top after losing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, and Icardi seems ideal.

With Benzema now looking past his best, Madrid could make a smart move as Don Balon claim they’d be ready to offer Benzema as bait to persuade Inter to sell Icardi.

The 25-year-old would surely be an upgrade on the over-the-hill Benzema at centre-forward, and looks like he has it in him to score at the kind of level that could ease Los Blancos’ post-Ronaldo woes.

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