It is an open secret that Manchester City need to sign a striker.
The reports in England suggested that Manchester City are eyeing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
Benzema has been at Real since 2009 when he joined from Lyon. The 33-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The striker banged in 16 goals and provided 8 assists in 18 matches this season across all fronts showcasing just how influential he has been in the final third.
The 33-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in France. His record for France is also impressive. Benzema has scored 36 goals in 94 matches for France at senior level.
Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new striker and Benzema is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
Manchester City are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Lyon man provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Guardiola’s side. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Manchester City are planning an audacious move for Real Madrid front man Karim Benzema. The veteran Frenchman has been a star performer at Real under Carlo Ancelotti this term. However, El Nacional claims that City boss Pep Guardiola sees Benzema as the ideal man to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero. Benzema has a contract until 2023, which means that City may look to swoop in and sign him for a cut price fee at the end of this season. The report does state, however, that Real president Florentino Perez wants to keep the 33-year-old.”
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The English giants will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Benzema to join the club.
Karim Benzema ideal fit for Manchester City?
Benzema stands as an excellent option for Manchester City. Signing the 33-year-old would be a masterstroke from Pep Guardiola.
A striker of Karim Benzema’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Manchester City squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Guardiola’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his attacking department.
It will be interesting to see if Manchester City can convince the Spanish outfit to sell Benzema in the summer transfer window.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.