Liverpool have been consistently linked with a stunning £50 million bid for Real Madrid’s striker Karim Benzema.
It is thought that Benzema is not particularly rated by the manager Carlo Ancelotti or the club’s hierarchy, and despite his relatively decent record for the Spanish side, there is word that the giants would be willing to accept a bid that met their valuation of him.
However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has shot down the claims that Real are willing to sell him.
He has insisted that Real president Florentino Perez, contrary to reports, is actually a big fan of Benzema, and there is no way that the Champions League holders will let him depart in the near future.
He tweeted: “Totally impossible that Benzema leaves Madrid in January. Essential to the team and a president favourite. The club has confirmed that too.”
This will come as a blow to Liverpool, who had clearly identified Benzema as an option to improve their struggling strikeforce, as reported by the Daily Star.
The likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have failed to fill Luis Suarez’s boots since their arrivals, and Daniel Sturridge has spent large swathes of the season on the treatment table.