Karim Benzema is another target of Milan, and Rino Gattuso already spoke to the Frenchman who gave his availability.
In the midst of a complete ownership and managerial change, Milan’s search for a big striker continues and after being linked to Ciro Immobile, Radamel Falcao, Álvaro Morata and Pipita Higuain, now another name appears: Karim Benzema.
According to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Massimiliano Mirabelli and Rino Gattuso met on Monday at Milanello with representatives of Benzema and the intermediator Ludovic Fattizzo.
Gattuso has already spoken directly with the 30-year-old, who has given the green light to a move even before the CAS appeal was won yesterday. Benzema currently earns €9m plus bonuses at Real and has a contract for 3 more years. He’s looking for similar terms for a four-year period.
Benzema believes that his excellent relationship with Florentino Perez, Real Madrid President, would allow him to leave. Now it depends on the demands of Real for Benzema, Di Marzio claims, and also on the future of Mirabelli, who together with Gattuso set up the negotiations.
The striker’s agent, Karim Djaziri, reacted to the news on Twitter with 3 laughing-crying emoji’s. Di Marzio responded, tweeting: “He can laugh as much as he wants… maybe he will not laugh if and when the player changes agent. And when he finds out that Benzema has made other intermediaries talk with Milan. And he spoke with Gattuso himself. I don’t laugh… I tell what I’ve verified.”
Benzema is a name for the current management, but it remains to be seen if he will still be of interest if & when Elliott appoints a new person to be responsible for the market, perhaps Leonardo.