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Manchester United rejected Karim Benzema - report

Manchester United rejected the chance to sign Karim Benzema, according to a report.

As Arsenal fans well know, having been linked with all three of them, a trio of Real Madrid stars are being linked around Europe.

Manchester United fans will recognise the names well too; being Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil, with the German being linked prominently with a major switch to Old Trafford.

But his teammate Karim Benzema being 'offered to United', that's new one - for this summer at least.

The claim was made in The Mirror, at the end of a report regarding Arsenal being linked with the trio, stating that United had rejected the chance to sign the French international.

"Third parties have been hawking the trio around the Premier League - Mirror Sport understands Manchester United have also been sounded out over Benzema... and turned him down."

United were linked regularly with Benzema while he was at Lyon, and had it been for Madrid's 2009 Galacticos spending spree, they may well have signed him.

They were outbid by Real Madrid, where Benzema has consistently performed, without reaching the 'word's best' level he was once tipped to achieve.

He is however happy in Madrid; with Gonzalo Higuain gone he is now the focal point in attack, starting and scoring in each of the club's La Liga games so far this season; while his agent has also stated he is keen to stay and even extend his contract.

Regardless of whether he would willingly come to Old Trafford or not, were United wrong to turn him down?

It could be, that they chose to do so based on the fact he would take some real convincing. Or it could also be because up front United are well stocked.

As well as Robin van Persie, the club have Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, while Javier Hernandez is still waiting in the wings.

adding Benzema would confuse the situation further, cloud Rooney's future, hamper the promising career of Welbeck and possibly be the last straw for Chicharito.

Would losing Hernandez be an acceptable loss to factor into signing Benzema? At this stage of the Frenchman's career, with him veering towards 'very good' rather than 'world class', it's a risk United appear to have been unwilling to take.

What do you think, were United right to turn down Benzema or should they have gone for it?


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