According to reports, Liverpool are believed to have agreed a fee of £38 million for Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema. This report has come to light despite the club spending over an £110 million in signing several players this summer three of which includes strikers Mario Balotelli, Ricky Lambert and Divock Origi who was loaned back to Lille.
Liverpool still have Daniel Sturridge as its lead striker, and the English international just signed a new five year deal.
Brendan Rodgers’ side lost Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez in the summer, and the plot to rebuild the side saw several players brought in during the summer. While the Anfield outfit have shown that they are high spenders, the report of a deal being agreed for Karim Benzema seem completely wide off the mark. The French international recently signed a contract extension with the European Champions, and he is the principal striker at the club apart from Javier Hernandez that was brought in on loan from Manchester United in the summer.
Liverpool have made an inconsistent start to the season as they seek to find a formula that would integrate the new signings after the lost of the mercurial Luis Suarez. Although the strikers signed to cover for the goals of the Uruguayan have not been firing on all cylinders, it is still surreal that Liverpool would be linked to another striker when Mario Balotelli has not found is feet yet at Anfield having just arrived this summer.
Seeing that both sides come up against each other in the Champions League after the international break, it could be the press trying to get the ball rolling on the transfer front before any ball is kicked between both clubs.
Liverpool would be looking to recall exciting Belgian striker Divock Origi next summer, as Ricky Lambert is signed to a two year deal, so as to give the Lille forward a chance to adopt his game to the Premier League which completely knocks off the possibility of the club signing Karim Benzema as there would be three young strikers in the clubs book when the Belgian arrives.
Florentino Perez would not be selling a player that is practically the main striker at the club, with back up and Castilla academy product Jesse still recovering from knee ligament injury, it leaves Carlo Ancelotti’s side with just the French international and Javier Hernandez. It is a scenario that is unlikely to change as this is just another media talk fanning the transfer flames.