Controcampo says Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is willing to listen to offers - starting at £40 million - for the French ace, who is regarded as the best young striker in the world.

The key in negotiations is Benzema's personal demands. Milan are convinced Benzema, 20, will sign for a contract worth around half of what Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor are demanding.