Karim Benzema (37) is likely to choose to go to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time in his life.
The British media “Evening Standard” reported on the 24th (Korea Standard Time), “Manchester United is the most ahead of recruiting R-Etihad striker Benzema. Chelsea and Arsenal are also looking to recruit Benzema, but Manchester United has already taken the lead.”월카지노
On the same day, ESPN reported on Benzema’s news. “Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United are interested in recruiting Benzema,” the media said. “Chelsea is trying to bring in Benzema to solve its poor scoring ability. Manchester United and Arsenal are struggling to recruit strikers in the winter transfer market.”
Benzema already seems to have turned his back on his current team Al Itihad. According to ESPN, Benzema is reportedly dissatisfied with Saudi Arabia’s life. Media predicted that Benzema would also consider going to Olympique Lyon in the French Ligue 1.
Benzema’s attitude has become a problem. The Daily Mail reported that Benzema could not be contacted by the club for about 10 days. Benzema is out of training in Dubai. The team has started training before the league resumes on the 7th.
However, “Marca” defended Benzema’s late training because of the cyclone that hit Mauritius Island, where he was on vacation.
However, this is not Benzema’s first trip. “R-Tihad is already angry about Benzema, who missed three training sessions late last year,” the Daily Mail said.
Benzema, however, has to give up an astronomical salary. Benzema, who surprisingly chose to go to Saudi Arabia from Real Madrid, is currently making the highest salary among soccer players in the world. According to local news reports, Benzema is paid 200 million euros per year. His salary is known to be similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite his hefty salary, he is still moving to flee Saudi Arabia. France 24 reported that Benzema told the manager and the club’s management that he would leave it. Etihad was furious with Benzema’s attitude. Benzema reportedly told club officials and coaches, “I feel pressured. I can’t show my best performance.”
Lyon has expressed objection to recruiting Benzema. Media outlets reported that Lyon cannot afford Benzema’s annual salary. It is far from up to the financial level of the club. Not many clubs can match Benzema’s salary.
For this reason, Premier League teams with relatively solid finances seem to be ahead in the race to recruit Benzema. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United all urgently need strikers. Manchester United has no other striker other than Rasmus Hoyleun (21). Even Hoyleun still has two Premier League goals. Arsenal are exhausted due to the poor performance of Gabriel Jesus (27). Chelsea has lost a number of matches thanks to Nicola Jackson (23).
Attention is also focusing on Benzema’s future course of action in the U.K. “Benjema has not returned to his team’s training on time recently. He told the team that he would leave,” Football London said. “Itihad could not discuss the future with Benzema. Benzema has refused to move to another Saudi Arabian team. Arsenal are trying to talk to Benzema.”
Benzema, who won the 2022 Ballon d’Or, is still considered a world competitive striker. He became the ace player at Real Madrid, where Ronaldo left, and put his team at the top of the UEFA Champions League.
Benzema had 354 goals and 165 assists in 648 matches at Real Madrid during the Spanish La Liga. During the 2022-2023 season, which was the last season for Real Madrid, Benzema played 43 matches, scored 31 goals and six assists, and still showed outstanding performance.
The highlight was the 2021-2022 season. Benzema scored 27 goals to become the top scorer in La Liga, far surpassing Iago Aspas (18 goals). He also ranked second overall in assists (12 times) after Ousmane Dembele (13 times for FC Barcelona).
Benzema was at the center of Real Madrid’s conquest of the Champions League. Benzema scored 15 goals in 12 matches to put Real Madrid on top of Europe. At the time, Benzema scored a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the Champions League’s round of 16, giving his team a come-from-behind victory.
Benzema’s one-man show continued in the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Benzema also scored three more goals in an away match against Chelsea, leading her team to a 3-1 victory. She scored two goals in the first leg of the semifinal match against Manchester City, and one goal and one assist in the second leg. Real Madrid won 1-0 in the final against Liverpool.