The deal for Karim Benzema was painfully close to go through in the summer, until Real Madrid offered more money and the striker made it clear he wanted a move to Spain.
Benzema was paraded around the Bernabeu, kissing his badge as he went, talking about how this was a dream come true.
United then opted to bring Michael Owen in on a free, disappointed not to land the big money signing after selling Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million.
Since his £35million move, Benzema has scored just five goals, two less than Owen has for United, and has failed to make anywhere near the impression on the fans as Ronaldo has.
Guillem Balague reported yesterday that Florentino Perez is considering selling Benzema in January before the player’s valuation drops too far below the £35million they paid.
If this report is true, however far-fetched it might seem, would you be interested?
There’s no doubt he’s a great talent but he had the chance to join us and rejected it. On the upside, the dream would be dead and at 21-years-old, he wouldn’t be hankering after joining Real Mardid like Ronaldo was when he was with us.
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