Report: Manchester United eyeing up Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in David de Gea deal

Manchester United are reportedly resigned to losing David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer but are looking for a player exchange to cushion the blow.

According to Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are resigned to losing David de Gea to Real Madrid but are looking to gain a star player in compensation.

Manchester United are reportedly set to launch a bid for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema to boost Louis van Gaal's attack, which came in for a lot of criticism last season before Wayne Rooney was moved from midfield to a more attacking role.

The switch could be included in the De Gea deal and reduce the financial settlement.

While De Gea was doing the business between the sticks, United's forwards were not offering the equivalent in front of goal. 

That has lead to Radamel Falcao leaving the club after a season-long loan and there is currently a question mark over Robin van Persie's head. It also looks unlikely that Javier Hernandez, who returns from his loan spell at Real Madrid, will be much use to the Old Trafford outfit.

It cuts the attacking options down to Wayne Rooney and James Wilson. Van Gaal knows that with Champions League football next season he will need strength and depth in all areas across the pitch and going a season with just two recognised strikers is a risk.

The sacking of Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu was followed by the appointment of Rafa Benitez. Every manager likes to have their influence over a team so Real Madrid are expecting a summer of comings and goings.

Manchester United were interested in Benzema before the France international left Olympique Lyonnais for Real Madrid, as per Goal. Since the move he has scored 123 goals in 241 appearances for the Spanish giants.

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