David Moyes plans to go where Sir Alex Ferguson could not when he takes over at Man United in the summer, and hopes to bring Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to Old Trafford for his first marquee signing, reports The
Ferguson had made moves to sign Benzema back in 2009, but his bid fell short when Real Madrid upped the ante to the tune of £35m, signing the Frenchman from Lyon.
It is believed that Moyes’ arrival may spell the end of time at Old Trafford for England striker Wayne Rooney, and while the two are set to have talks regarding the striker’s future at the club United are thought to be ready to listen to offers in the region of £25m for the 27-year-old.
This money would then make up the chunk of the £30m bid Moyes is planning to finally lure Benzema to Old Trafford.
Moyes gave Rooney his Premier League debut at Everton when the striker was just 16, and the pair fell out over comments in Rooney’s autobiography.
The rift has now healed, however, and despite United’s openness to listen to offers Moyes is thought to have the discussions over Rooney’s future right at the top of his priority list when he arrives at Old Trafford.
Moyes also took the time to praise Rooney’s maturity after the striker called the Scotsman to apologise for their bust up.
Benzema has made 122 appearances in his time at Real Madrid, scoring 54 goals. He was regarded favourably as a signing when Ferguson wanted him four years ago, and so Moyes’ attempt to bring the striker in is likely to sit well with his new supporters.
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