After Shocking U-Turn on Saudi Exit, Karim Benzema’s Move Declined by Manchester United Citing ‘Exorbitant’ Wages

Published 01/25/2024, 7:34 AM EST

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Former Real Madrid icon and Al-Ittihad’s star striker, Karim Benzema, has been the talk of the town since the winter transfer window ignited this new year. With his claims of being ‘under pressure’ at Al-Ittihad revolving around the soccer world, Benzema aimed to leave temporarily. Manchester United emerged as a solid candidate to bring in the Frenchman. However, they have firmly closed the door, citing ‘exorbitant’ wage demands as the deal-breaker.

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Karim Benzema attracted to the riches of Saudi Arabia just six months ago, now finds himself amidst an intriguing narrative – craving for a European return. Let’s delve into the intricate details of this latest drama in the transfer saga.

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In a surprising revelation, it has come to light that despite a glaring need for a striker at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag & Co. has eliminated Karim Benzema as a target. The 36-year-old veteran is seeking an exit from the Saudi Pro League by actively seeking a new home. However, the Red Devils have chosen to rely on Rasmus Hojlund as a striker and prefer not to engage in talks with the French striker. As reported by the Sun, the club claims ‘exorbitant’ sums that come with Benzema as the primary reason to not engage.

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Manchester United’s reluctance is justified when considered financially. Karim Benzema’s current annual earnings amount to a staggering $109 million. Given that the Red Devils has found a new owner in the face of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, the club will monitor to stay within the bounds of FFP guidelines. Despite the pressing need for an out-and-out striker, United aims to prioritize an efficient transfer market strategy.

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Benzema’s move to Al-Ittihad from Real Madrid on a free transfer last summer initially raised eyebrows. Though he has scored 12 goals in 20 games for Al-Ittihad, his venture has not unfolded as expected. With other Premier League clubs also in the race to sign the striker, it’ll be fascinating to see what lies ahead in the final days of this transfer window.

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Benzema’s scathing response to his transfer saga

Amid the highly speculative transfer saga, Karim Benzema has broken his silence, capturing the attention of enthusiasts worldwide. In an interview with L’Equipe, the Frenchman dismissed the rumors with a touch of contempt. He stated, “It’s completely false! The French media don’t know what to invent any more. The bigger the better.” Moreover, the striker denied any intention of leaving Al-Ittihad, burying the rumors linking him to Chelsea, Manchester United, Lyon, and Arsenal.

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Despite the struggles, Karim Benzema remains confident in his commitment to Al-Ittihad. With the team gearing up for return on February 14th in the King Cup of Champions, Benzema’s words might have given a boost in the camp. As the transfer window drama continues, fans eagerly await the next chapter in Benzema’s intriguing journey.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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