It has been confirmed this afternoon that Manchester City did make a January bid for Lyon striker Karim Benzema. The French international is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe and has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, however it was City who made the only move in January.
Benzema, 21, has never hidden his desire to one day leave Lyon to join a bigger club, with United or AC Milan his preferred destinations. Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has today confirmed that the world's richest club, Man City, did indeed make a "huge offer" for the player during the transfer window, but that was rejected.
Aulas had this to say : "We had first contact from an English club, a newcomer among the great traders of the transfer market ... The offer was huge. Barcelona, Madrid and Manchester United are also attracted. But he is a Lyon player so far".
Wouldn't it have been great to see Benzema arrive in the Premier League. We all know that he is a top quality player and I am sure he would have proved a massive hit in England. I wouldn't rule out a possible summer move to United but only if Carlos Tevez leaves Old Trafford. As far as a potential move to City goes, I can't see it happening unless the club make a ridiculous offer like £70 million or something.