Man Utd ready to pounce on Benzema

July 25th, 2010

KARIM BENZEMA

KARIM BENZEMA has emerged as Man United’s last chance of making a major summer signing after Wesley Sneijder was persuaded to stay with Inter Milan.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign the France striker from Lyon for £30million a year ago after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Benzema – like Ronaldo – opted to join Real Madrid.

Fergie, however, still wants Benzema – whose future is now in the hands of new Real boss Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager is refusing to sell Benzema, 22, at the moment, as he makes an assessment of the players he has inherited.

But if Mourinho decides that the Fergie target is not in his plans, United will act before the transfer window closes at the end of next month.

The Old Trafford gaffer insisted last week that he was happy with his squad and was ready to go into the new campaign with the players he has now.

But United sources have confirmed that, ideally, Fergie would like another attacking talent – and Benzema is the top target.

The United chief would like to have a strike force of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, new signing Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda and Benzema at his disposal.

Benzema was generally thought to have had a disappointing first season at the Bernabeu, but he still scored nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

In the league, he scored eight times in 27 matches – which is also his international record with France. Benzema was left out of France’s World Cup squad and was implicated in a sex scandal.

But he remains an exciting, sought-after talent and he is expected to be recalled by France next month to play Norway.

Meanwhile, Sneijder was finally persuaded three days ago to remain with Inter – despite his ambition to play for United.

European Cup holders Inter made it clear they didn’t want to sell Holland’s World Cup star and his new wife, Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen, insisted on living in Italy.

Source: daily star

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