Juventus Pursuing Karim Benzema Transfer Idea From Real Madrid - Report

Benzema comes into view as Pazzini move is on standby...
Juventus are cutting their own shade for Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, according to Tuttosport.

Bianconeri director general Giuseppe Marotta admitted the market is still 'open' for Juventus, but underlined the need for a defender.

But the Turin-based paper claims Juve, alongside Manchester City, are chasing the Frenchman who has come under the scrutiny of coach Jose Mourinho.

Reports from Spain suggest the 'Special One' has run out of patience with his hitman after he broke the boundaries.

Last week Marca claimed Mourinho was angry with Benzema's lack of effort. That message appeared to get through as the striker responded with a brace against Hercules at the weekend.

Yet that reaction may not be enough to keep him at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid value him at around €25 million - a fee that could be spent on Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini, who is also linked with Juve.

Sampdoria's Champions League run could prove key to that move as they would be unlikely to sell if they progress to the group stages.

They take on Werder Bremen on Tuesday night and need to turn around a 3-1 first leg defeat from last week's play-off.

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