According to a source, Manchester United have made a “crazy pay” offer to superstar Karim Benzema of Real Madrid in the hopes of luring him to a contract with them.
After scoring 44 goals for Real Madrid in 46 games, Benzema was named the winner of the Ballon d’Or in October. His performance earned him the title. During that time period, Los Blancos were victorious in the Champions League, another La Liga title, as well as both the Spanish and European Super Cups.
The 34-year-old player became the oldest winner of the award since Stanley Matthews won its first edition in 1956, and he also became the first Frenchman to win the Balon d’Or since Zinedine Zidane in 1998. Stanley Matthews was the winner of the award when it was originally presented in 1956.
However, since that time, the France international has only played for Real Madrid for a total of less than 30 minutes because to an injury, and he also was unable to participate in the World Cup that was held in Qatar.
Since Benzema’s current deal is set to expire this summer, there has been much talk about the possibility of the striker signing with a new team.
According to reports, United and Paris Saint-Germain have both made approaches to purchase Benzema.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s contentious exit from the club, Ten Hag’s team has just Marcus Rashford and an injury-prone Anthony Martial to pick from in the attacking position. As a result, the team is in desperate need of attacking reinforcements.
And now, a Spanish website called Nacional has suggested that Benzema could be on his way to United for free, after it was reported that Los Blancos only offered Benzema a new one-year contract extension.
According to the source, negotiations between Benzema’s representation and Real president Florentino Perez have been “paralyzed,” and the La Liga giants “seriously risk losing” their talisman player.
According to Nacional, United offered Benzema “a ludicrous wage” after Ronaldo left the team and the club saved between £15 million and £30 million as a result of Ronaldo’s departure (as per The Athletic).
According to reports, the terms would be “far more” than what Benzema received at Madrid, and United have reportedly told the French star that he would be a “undisputed starter” if he were to join the club.
The fact that Benzema’s former Real Madrid teammates Casemiro and Raphael Varane are now playing for Manchester United means that any potential future deal for him could be sweetened by their presence.
Jadon Sancho receives an update from Manchester United
Jadon Sancho, according to Erik ten Hag, was not physically prepared for Manchester United’s training camp in Spain and may not play in the League Cup match against Burnley next week.
Sancho hasn’t featured since the 1-1 Premier League match with Chelsea on October 22. He missed United’s four games in November due to illness.
The 23-year-old has taken a break from social media and has been working out in the Netherlands with Dutch experts that Ten Hag has advised.
Ten Hag, though, questioned Sancho’s chances of starting right away given that he is not anticipated to return to United’s Carrington training facility this week. Sancho’s return to team practice has not been given a time frame by United.
Ten Hag told British media in Jerez that “He’s not fit enough to be here.” “First, he was absent from United’s final games. He wasn’t in the ideal physical condition, so he was put on an individual program. We want him to finish the program, and we hope to see him again soon.
He’s not here; we want to have him back as soon as we can, but I’m unable to predict when that will be. Jadon and I have talked a lot. He probably won’t return the following week, no.
“There are occasionally instances involving fitness and emotions. He is currently undergoing a physical program, and our goal is to have him back as soon as possible.
Senior United sources claim that Sancho has not been banished, and club officials have expressed their admiration for Ten Hag’s tact in handling Sancho’s predicament.
Ten Hag and the winger had several conversations to determine the best plan for Sancho to get back to his peak fitness and regain his confidence. The training regimen Sancho is following is viewed as a “reset” away from the training team.
Sancho had three goals in United’s first seven games of the season, but his form plummeted after England coach Gareth Southgate chose not to play him against Italy and Germany in the Nations League in September.
In their first game following the international break, Manchester City destroyed United 6-3, and Paul Scholes criticized Sancho for failing to defend left-back Tyrell Malacia from Phil Foden.
On United’s preseason tour of Thailand and Australia, Sancho was the star performer, but Ten Hag saw a slow decline in performance in October.
Ten Hag continued, “He was good (during preseason), but he also played some good games when the league started, like Liverpool, Leicester, and Arsenal.” “After we experienced a level drop, as sometimes occurs, you are unable to determine the reason for the change.
“We’re trying to research it right now, and then we’re attempting to bring him back there. It combines both physical and mental aspects.
“Usually, the change in form happens gradually. He performed admirably during the tour and at the league’s beginning, but his performance declined following the break.
“First, you witness, but the data also support that; at the beginning of the season, he had goals and assists, as well as his critical moments and key actions, and it gradually decreased.
“I believe that competition is fierce in England. I can tell the manager has several options when I look at the frontline. He finds it challenging to start every game, even in the World Cup, because the offensive line is so talented and there is so much rivalry right now.
You risk being kicked from the squad if you don’t demonstrate it week after week, which is what happened.