According to reports, Manchester United passed over Karim Benzema, the forward for Al-Ittihad.
Benzema signed a free transfer to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia over the summer after spending 14 years at Real Madrid, the Spanish powerhouse.
In his 15 Saudi Pro League outings, the 36-year-old has contributed five assists and nine goals in his brief tenure with the team.
Even though he has contributed significantly, his team is currently 28 points behind leader Al-Hilal in seventh place.
Even though he is just in his first season with Al-Ittihad, there have been rumours that he is considering leaving the Saudi team.
Even though Benzema has called such speculations “false,” Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United are just a few of the teams that are presently connected to him.
According to a recent rumour, Omar Berrada, the new CEO of Manchester United, may be able to help Benzema go because of his strong ties to the Al-Ittihad owners.
The Sun claims that the Red Devils have previously declined the opportunity to sign the former striker for Real Madrid.
Manchester United is reportedly hesitant to talk about a possible move because of Benzema’s high salary—the 36-year-old makes over £86 million annually.
The 20-time English champions are hesitant to include Benzema’s wages in their wage bill because they are concerned about adhering to Financial Fair Play standards.
Erik ten Hag might, however, still increase his offensive options prior to the transfer window closing on February 1.
The only senior centre striker available to Manchester United at the moment is Rasmus Hojlund, since Anthony Martial is expected to miss roughly ten weeks of play.
Due to injury, Martial has missed Manchester United’s previous seven games. The team has now revealed that he had surgery to address a groyne problem.