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United - Benzema Move Resurrection?

With an empty space in the trophy cabinet, courtesy of Chelsea winning the Premier League, the tabloid press are already speculating as to who Sir Alex will buy this summer to try and win back our beloved trophy.

One tabloid is running an article implying that Sir Alex will try, for a second time, to lure the young French striker, Karim Benzema, to Old Trafford.

After losing out to Real Madrid last summer, the word on the streets of Madrid is that the twenty-two year old striker could be available for a reduced, to what they paid out for him, fee, in the region of 25 million.

Although the suspicion is there that his salary, a rumoured 200k a week, might cause problems credence is given to the article by introducing the fact that the under-siege Glazer family may sanction the deal to appease the supporters.

Sounds like they`re trying to buy affection!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 11 2010

Time: 5:00PM

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He's earning 150 fecking k's a week at Real. If he comes to England, he'll need more than 200k a week to match that, with our tax laws. You lot up for it? I don't think so, considering your crippling, growing debt of 700 million..
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11/05/2010 17:13:00

JT, Sing another tune, the same debt line is hardly news anymore. I don't want a player who does not want to be here, let him rot at the circus that is RM. We have had our dose of prima donnas and he is definitely one, quality or not.
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11/05/2010 17:44:00

A lot of players in spain are on "after tax" contracts. The recession has caused the spanish government to talk about scrapping the beckham tax law which allows the spanish clubs to pay such high wages. If players on 150k a week after tax recieve the same amount of money whilst the tax the club pays doubles, spanish clubs will be desperate to renegotiate or sell these high earners. Footballers have to accept that their wages have to be realistic in respect to whats going on in the world. Benzema can either stay on the bench at real, sell out to man city or accept a pay cut and get his career back on track - he is a good player but certainly not the only player available this summer.
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11/05/2010 18:53:00

perhaps money isn't what drives him!
Red Boy
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11/05/2010 19:06:00

Well, he definitely didn't go there for the stability!! Maybe he thinks he looks good on white?
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11/05/2010 19:20:00

in white*
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11/05/2010 19:29:00

I agree with elvido,I would prefer to have players who would want to play for the club,there are other options out there who could be cheaper and be more effective.But Berba will have to leave if we buy another striker,otherwise we will have 7 strikers at our disposal and we won't be able to keep everyone happy.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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12/05/2010 11:55:00

& the boy kissed the bag *shakes his heads*.Madrid are good sports,buy big,deflate the value of a player then sell works out better for everyone.
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12/05/2010 11:58:00

Hey guys I just wanted to know your thoughts about our new mexican striker,do you think he will be heavily involved in our first team? or will he spend most of his time in the reserves?.I look the look of him,has good pace but whether he can handle the pressure of being a Utd player is a question which will be answered at the World Cup I guess.I will be keeping a close eye on Mexico to see how our Chicharito is faring.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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12/05/2010 12:27:00

I dont think he'll have a problem with the pressure. Chivas is a big deal in mexico and he will have played in front of crowds much larger than the one at OT. He also had to deal with the weight of expectation that comes with his father and grandfather both being Chivas legends. I've watched the two mexico friendlies so far and what struck me immediately was his work rate. The guy simply does not stop running for the team which will endear him to the crowd immediately. However, whats impressive is that it isnt the headless chicken style chasing down that we got used to with our mate tevez, its a much more sensible style that means he rarely seems to get caught out of position afterwards. I think his movement is also very good. He plays on the shoulder and is always able to find himself in space inside the box. His first touch isnt consistent and seems to vary between excellent and awful. I've seen him pull down a 60 yard pass dropping over his shoulder at full speed and then miss-control a 5 yard pass within minutes. He isnt very strong, but handles himself better than I thought he would. Other than that, I cant say much more on him because I've only seen him play twice and the mexico team (minus their european players) are so terrible he has been completely starved of service in both games. They havent been able to read his runs and havent been able to deliver the ball with enough quality when they do. He did miss a couple of decent chances in the first game, but at 21 that can happen. Im under no illusions that he is going to come here, get into the team and be our fernando torres. He is a young player with potential in the same way that macheda and diouf are (though he still appears to be more advanced in his game than both of them). If he gets a permit and manages to score an early goal the fans will get behind him and his work rate will buy him patience from the crowd. If like diouf, he comes in and misses three sitters - no amount of good work will get some people on side as most United fans are ridiculously judgemental.
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12/05/2010 22:38:00

"If like diouf, he comes in and misses three sitters - no amount of good work will get some people on side as most United fans are ridiculously judgmental" I have to agree, we have been proved wrong on that account with a few players now, we should have more patience wrt to player development. Not everyone has the learning curve of a Ronaldo!
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13/05/2010 15:37:00

Mexico just beat Angola 1-0. With the exception of Guardado they were complete garbage - AGAIN!!!. Chicharito didnt come on until very late in the game (would have been his 3rd game in a week otherwise) and again showed he is far better than his compatriots. Im really looking forward to pre-season, where we'll get to see him play with professional footballers.
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14/05/2010 04:05:00

Hope he can bring that pace and skill we need to match the counter attacking style of Rooney, Nani and Valencia!
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