Lyon’s special adviser, Bernard Lacombe, has conceded that there is not a lot the club could do to stop Karim Benzema joining Manchester United this season. Whilst alluding to the large transfer kitty we will have, thanks to the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lacombe reckons anything could happen.

“He is with us, but nobody knows what will happen,” Lacombe said. “We didn’t think Michael Essien would leave at the time, but when Chelsea arrived with the cheque… If United, who as we know have plenty of cash available, came and said we want to buy Benzema, what can you do? Not much.”