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How Man Utd missed out on signing Chelsea conqueror Karim Benzema by just £7m - CoolBaze.com

How Man Utd missed out on signing Chelsea conqueror Karim Benzema by just £7m

How Man Utd missed out on signing Chelsea conqueror Karim Benzema by just £7m

“We tried to spend [the Cristiano Ronaldo money] on Karim Benzema as, at 21,

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I felt that there would be an improvement there,” he said after the saga, “He is tough, good physique, a good goal scoring record, so it was worth going a wee bit extra for him because of his age. But when it went to £42m, it was beyond his value.

We went to £35m and I think that was fair.”

Perhaps even more curious than the notion that United were put off by having to pay just £7m more is that their back-up plan was to sign Michael Owen.

The former Liverpool hero, who had been ravaged by injuries at that point in his career, scored just five league goals in a troubled three-year spell at Old Trafford.

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