Manchester United ready to move for Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema - report

French international Karim Benzema appears to be on his way out of La Liga giants Real Madrid following English powerhouse Manchester United's decision to make a move for the highly rated striker, if a report in Marca is to be believed.

Manchester United are desperate to land a new attacker in the summer transfer window and manager Sir Alex Ferguson has supposedly made the capture of Benzema one of his primary objectives ahead of the 2010-11 campaign.

Benzema joined the Blancos from Olympique Lyon in the summer of 2009, but the 22-year-old has failed to live up to expectations in Madrid so far.

With Real pondering a swoop for Arsenal attacker Robin van Persie, Benzema could decide to leave the Spanish titans again after just one season in order to get regular first team football elsewhere.

The report claims that United are preparing a €30 million [£24.7m] offer for the former Lyon star and Madrid are likely to cash in on Benzema if an offer in that region comes in. They paid €35m to Lyon last term to add Benzema to their ranks.

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