After a dismal season, Karim Benzema is thinking of leaving the Saudi Pro League, and he might send a message to Manchester United and Chelsea, two of the biggest teams in the Premier League. Nuno Espirito Santo, the manager who was fired in November, was the consequence of his disagreements with the man. Before the January transfer window closes, a number of Premier League sides are searching for the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner to bolster their attacking options.
Last year, Manchester United temporarily covered the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure by loaning in Wout Weghorst. United is having financial issues even with new money from minority stakeholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Benzema is essential because he has only scored 24 goals in 21 games this season, especially with Anthony Martial out due to injury under manager Erik ten Hag.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea has not yet produced a prolific striker despite spending a lot of money on the position. The urgency is increased by Christopher Nkunku’s fitness problems and Nicolas Jackson’s inconsistent performance. The only other well-known striker for the team, Armando Broja, might go if Chelsea finds a suitable replacement and offers more than their estimated £50 million.
A striker is also needed by Arsenal because Ivan Toney is anticipated to remain at Brentford through the summer. It’s possible that Benzema will transfer his loan. Since Benzema still has two and a half years left on his contract, Al Ittihad is reluctant to lose its valued player in the middle of the season.
Even with the contract, Benzema might think he can return to a top European team within the next two weeks, particularly if Jordan Henderson is successful in negotiating a better deal with Al Ettifaq before moving to Ajax. Intriguing transfer scenarios are created by the current football season.