There have been multiple reports linking us to Karim Benzema in recent weeks (via ESPN), but the latest news is that Manchester City are leading the race for his signature.
Twitter journalist Tancredi Palermi – a BeIN Sports and Gazzetta dello Sport writer – broke the news on the social media site, claiming City made the bid three days ago and Real Madrid are still considering it.
Real Madrid have received a 70m€ bid for Benzema from Manchester City! It happened 3 days ago. Real Madrid still haven’t take decision
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 9, 2015
It would be a massive blow were we to lose out on Benzema, and would be made worse if he signed for a Premier League rival. Palmeri claims this is likely though, insisting that there has been no contact between us and Real Madrid in the last three weeks.
Re Benzema-Arsenal: in last 3 weeks, no contacts between Arsenal and Real Madrid nor any bid made by Gunners. This at today August 9 — Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 9, 2015
The Italian journalist isn’t necessarily the most reliable, but has been known to break stories in the past. Hopefully he isn’t correct on this occasion, as Benzema looks tailor made for us.
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With Man City already boasting Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony up front, it seems strange that they’d be in for Benzema. But with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic having left the club and the Citizens’ near endless funds, you never know.