Could Benzema’s World Cup form make an Aguero move possible?

Karim Benzema France

Though Manchester City may be reluctant to entertain any advances on their star man, Real Madrid may potentially have the perfect replacement.

Real Madrid have been making a habit of chasing Premier League strikers all summer, and after Manchester City's Argentinia star Sergio Aguero experienced a difficult couple of opening games in Brazil, Los Blancos may seek to approach the Eastlands club in order to do some business.

Something that makes any possible transfer that much more interesting is Karim Benzema's own Golden Boot winning form, implementing him as a possible and valuable makeweight in any negotiations for top centre forwards.

The Real striker netted two in the opening match with Honduras, as well as forcing goalkeeper Noel Valladares to concede another, before adding his third tournament goal in the emphatic 5-2 win over Switzerland. It is a main-man, line-leading contribution that he has been unable to have in Madrid because of Cristiano Ronaldo's reputation, and shows that he can be a bonafide star striker of the very highest calibre.

Any doubts anyone might have had regarding Benzema's ability must have surely dissipated in Brazil, and it is unlikely that Real will let him go unless they can bring in someone of an even higher calibre. But then again, previous reports have hinted that Benzema has his issues on how he is perceived by Spanish football fans and the country's press - it is possible the Frenchman may push for an exit of his own accord.

Benzema's 111 goals in 259 games at Real is strong form, and would have been much more impressive but for a difficult first season in Madrid. The World Cup in Brazil is the first international tournament he has managed to showcase his goalscoring prowess at, and it is something that could yet help him move up to another level of centre forward.

Naturally, City would be hugely reluctant to part with Aguero, but should the striker feel like his time in the Premier League has come to a perfect close after sealing a second league title, it will help Real, Aguero, and even Manchester City in the long run, significantly if there is a ready made goal machine able to come in to the club as his replacement.

Aguero himself has played down reports of a move, telling Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: "There's lots of talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona. It's always the same every year. But the truth is that I'm going to stay at City. I'm very happy and I'm going to continue there."

It means that any possible bid and personal terms are going to have to blow both City and Aguero for six in terms of their amount, and it is impossible to predict the depth Real may go to in order to get their transfer targets.

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