Manchester United linked with shock Karim Benzema deal: Three questions and reaction

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Manchester United have been linked with a surprise move for Karim Benzema.

A report in The Mirror has linked Manchester United as possible suitors for Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema.

The French international is claimed to be up for sale, with his contract at the Bernabeu standing to expire in 2015, and no deal yet struck.

Benzema has previously been linked most regularly with Arsenal, who are also linked in the report as potential buyers.

Manchester United were claimed to be admirers of Benzema while he was at Lyon, and made overtures with regard to his signature, only to see him sign for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, shortly after they had signed Cristiano Ronaldo from the Red Devils.

The report states: "Real Madrid are ready to spark a Premier League bidding war by putting Karim Benzema up for sale. FA Cup finalists Arsenal and Manchester United could both be interested, with Arsene Wenger a long-term admirer of the French striker."

Here are three questions regarding any potential deal:

Is Benzema a good fit for United?

Karim Benzema is an out and out striker, one who has netted 17 La Liga goals in 34 games this season. United however are well covered in the position, with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. His arrival would spell bad news for promising young James Wilson. Benzema is an inflexible forward who would not be especially compatible with the current squad if they want to play one up front, and may be a poor fit for United to spend their money on, with greater needs in other areas.

What do Real have up their sleeve?

For Real to consider cashing in on Benzema, indicates they must have plans to sign a striker at the ready. Liverpool's Luis Suarez has continually been linked with the Spanish giants, although a deal is likely to be complicated, as it would also be for Sergio Aguero. Another option is Monaco's Falcao, who is said to have a clause in his contract to let him leave if Real come calling, but a deal may depend on his fitness.

Would PSG outbid United and could that help them?

With a high profile French international on the market, you can bet that Ligue 1 champions PSG will show an interest. The club have the ability to outgun United in a bidding war, and may well be even more determined than the Red Devils to bring him in. That could be positive for United with regards to Edinson Cavani, who can play out wide to good effect as shown this season, and may see his chances limited if Benzema comes in.

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