Date: 20th June 2009 at 11:51pm
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Lyon start to look somewhat suspicious: they repeated several times that though they do not wish to sell Karim Benzema they would consider a suitable offer. Now it was Bernard Lacombe’s turn to assure us that enough cash would indeed turn their head – is it possible that they actually want to cash in on him?

‘He is with us, but nobody knows what will happen,’ Lacombe told Progres.

‘We didn’t think Michael Essien would leave at the time, but when Chelsea arrived with the cheque…

‘If Manchester who as we know have plenty of cash available, came and said we want to buy Benzema, what can you do? Not much.’


As you know, on the continent people regularly refer to our club as ‘Manchester’, being unaware of the existence of that massive institution at the Eastlands. For me, it definitely looks like an invitation: a good enough bid and he’s ours. Will Fergie make his move? And of course there’s still the little problem that he prefers Real Madrid… I somehow can’t imagine him ending up at Old Trafford.