Wednesday, 16 April 2008

First contact with Lyon on Benzema

Catalan radio station RAC 1 revealed yesterday that Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain flew to Lyon yesterday to watch the quarter final of the French cup between Olympique Lyon and Metz. The main objective of the visit was to see Olympique Lyon forward Karim Benzema (20) in action. Although the player just recently renewed his contract with Lyon until 2013 (read more here), he is still on the Barcelona list for next season. Talking to the radio station, Olympique Lyon midfielder and Barcelona loan out Marc Crosas confirmed that he had been informed of the presence of Begiristain.

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Txiki held a meeting with Olympique Lyon sports director Bernard Lacombe to inform him personally about Barcelona's interest for the Lyon striker. Before there would already have been a contact with the agent of Benzema. Barcelona now wants to start negotiating with Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and is ready to offer the French club 30 million euro° for the transfer.

pep's opinion:
he is absolutely great but when you play 4-3-3 and you know Benzema prefers to play in the centre and you already have Eto'o, Bojan and Henry for the centre forward position, there are probably better ways to spend your money (30 million euro no way being enough to convince Lyon)

Read more here:
Benzema prefers the Liga
The four Barcelona summer objectives
Case closed: Benzema


pep said...

° 30 million euro =

50 million us dollar
25 million british pound

Anonymous said...

I will prefer to see Benzema coming to Arsenal but we all know Arsene Wenger wants good players but he does not want to spend good money

Anonymous said...

Henry out will make room for Benzema. Bojan has adapt to play as a winger and so has Samuel Eto'o before.

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