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Fergie in driving seat for Benz
Sir Alex Ferguson has made discreet enquiries about signing Real Madrid misfit Karim Benzema. And the Manchester United boss will follow up with a £25million bid if he gets the slightest encouragement from the Spanish side. Ferguson wants a striker as back up for Wayne Rooney, but has consistently refused to get involved in bidding for players he believes "don't offer value at the moment". He was desperate to sign French forward Benzema last summer, but missed out when he declined to meet his club Lyon's astronomical asking price of £35million.
David Maddock, Daily Mirror
Patrice Evra has been given extra time off to recover from a draining season with United and France in which he clocked up 60 games. The Reds' World Cup players were all given three weeks off, says the Daily Star, but Pat has been afforded an extra week on top of that by Sir Alex to aid his recovery.
The Telegraph reports that Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is considering a move from Werder Bremen to United or Chelsea.
The Daily Mail says Sir Alex and new Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez are ready to lock horns again, this time over the future of Wesley Sneijder. The Inter midfielder has reportedly been offered a new deal at the San Siro, but the Mail says Sir Alex wants Holland's no.10 at Old Trafford.