Friday March 18 2016
Madrid seek Benzema-Morata deal?

It’s reported Real Madrid could use Karim Benzema as part of any deal to bring Alvaro Morata back from Juventus.

The Spanish striker joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 2014, but Los Merengues retained a buyback clause for summer 2016 and 2017.

Morata’s clause could be up to €30m this summer, depending on appearances, and Calciomercato reports that the Spanish giants may look to lower the price by including Benzema.

The French striker is in the midst of legal trouble over allegations he blackmailed international teammate Mathieu Valbuena, and the website believes Madrid are keen to move him on as a result.

Juventus are thought to be in the market for a big-name striker, and are long-standing admirers of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.

However, the Uruguayan’s wages are likely to prove prohibitive, so Calciomercato believes that Coach Massimiliano Allegri and the board have discussed alternatives.

Benzema is still seen as a difficult target, but his legal issues may mean he is more willing to consider a move to Turin, as well as affecting the wages he could command.

Madrid don't have to include Benzema, as they already have a clause to bring Morata back, but the situation with the Spaniard could open the way for talks.

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