Benzema: latest Real Madrid capture

Big-spending Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Lyon to sign Manchester United target Karim Benzema, according to the striker’s agent.

Widespread reports in Spain and France have suggested Real are closing in on the signature of the France international.

Benzema’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for the last few weeks, with United also credited with an interest in the striker and Miralem Pjanic claiming they will win the race for the 21-year-old.

However, Benzema’s agent claims Real have won the race for the forward’s signature after agreeing a fee of 35million euros with Lyon.

Karim Djaziri has told French radio that a deal has been agreed between the two clubs and that only personal terms and a medical need to be completed to see the move go through.

If the striker makes the move to the Bernabeu he will become the Spanish giants’ fourth big-money arrival of the summer following the captures of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul Albiol.

Lyon see things differently, however, with director of communications Olivier Blanc telling L’Equipe: “We certainly did receive an offer of a sum appreciably superior to the sum that has been mentioned, but nothing says that it comes from Real. There is no agreement with anyone.”