In order to try and fund a ludicrous bid for someone like Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in the summer, Spanish super club Real Madrid are preparing to offload a number of big-name players, but that hadn’t been the plan for Karim Benzema.
The striker had been lined up, according to reports, as part of a player-plus-cash swap deal for world class Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. Unfortunately Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho despises that idea, according to the Express, so Real may have to go back to the drawing board.
Benzema is in his ninth season with Los Blancos, and has always been a reliable and frequent goal scorer, silently netting many of the goals that have given Real so much success, while being overshadowed by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
This season however the Frenchman has hit a goal drought, scoring just twice in 15 La Liga appearances. His poor returns have coincided with a general lack of success for Real in general, and they currently sit fourth, 19 points behind their eternal rivals Barcelona.
With 21 goals conceded this season, the Madrid club have been struggling at both ends of the pitch, but they will have to rethink their endeavours to sign De Gea in the summer.