Lyon have hinted they may be willing to sell striker Karim Benzema this summer.
The former Ligue 1 champions have previously stated they have no desire to sell the 21-year-old. However, the club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has admitted a big offer may be too good to turn down.
Although Benzema himself has said he woud be happy to stay at Stade Gerland for another year, Aulas’ comments are sure to alert those who have been monitoring the striker’s progress.
“Karim has said that he wants to stay another year at Lyon,” Aulas told L’Equipe. “But I think that Kaka or Ronaldo maybe imagined remaining with their respective clubs.
“There is a tsunami called Real Madrid which provokes reactions at Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. So it is very complicated to say that he is non-transferable. Today, it’s obvious we want to keep him.
“There is more chance he’ll be at Lyon next season than that he won’t be. I won’t hide from you the fact that he has been approached. For the moment, I managed to convince them not to go further.”
Benzema has scored 38 Ligue 1 goals in the last two seasons and was Player of the Year in France in 2007-08.
Inter and Real have both been linked with £40m bids for the striker and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have plenty of money to spend provided the world record £80m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid goes through.