Real Madrid beat Manchester United to £35m Karim Benzema signing

By Sportsmail Reporter
1st July 2009

Karim Benzema has agreed to join Real Madrid from Lyon for an initial fee of £30million that could rise to £35m.

The France striker had been top of Sir Alex Ferguson's shopping list as Manchester United sought a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

But, despite denials earlier in the day from the French club, Benzema has agreed to follow Ronaldo to the Bernabeu as part of a summer spending spree from the Spanish giants that now stands at almost £180m.


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