Real Madrid to offer Man Utd £50M plus Benzema for Rooney

Real Madrid will use Karim Benzema as bait to land Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The Sun says the Spanish giants were last night preparing a £50million deal to bag Manchester United's wantaway striker.

Real boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to get his man and knows United chief Alex Ferguson is a fan of Frenchman Benzema.

Mourinho will include the 22-year-old as part of a cash-plus-player swoop.

Madrid managing director Jorge Valdano confirmed: "Our problem is who to get rid of if Wayne Rooney comes here.

"We have a brilliant strikeforce in Ronaldo and Higuain and now we have added Ozil and Di Maria to complement them."

When Madrid signed Benzema last year, Fergie admitted he was interested in the player but felt the £25m price tag was inflated.

Real president Florentino Perez is a confirmed admirer of Rooney, who turns 25 on Sunday.

A source said: "Signing Wayne has become an obsession for Florentino."

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