Man United receive boost after AC Milan end interest in £60m striker

AC Milan can't afford to sign Real Madrid target Karim Benzema, according to Adriano Galliani

AC Milan can’t afford to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer, according to Adriano Galliani.

The France striker was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils in 2009 before Benzema ultimately completed a £29m move to Real Madrid despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in the Lyon forward.

Benzema has scored 111 times in 215 La Liga games for Los Blancos and won La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League since his switch to the Spanish capital seven years ago.

However, the France striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League amid reports of interest from Arsenal and United in recent weeks.

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani admitted that the Serie A giants can’t afford to sign the United target this summer.

“We never talked about Benzema with Real Madrid or his entourage,” Galliani told Mediaset Premium. “He’s very much admired by the coaches, directors and president of Real Madrid, so we never thought of reaching him.”

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Benzema, who helped Los Blancos win their 11th European Cup on Saturday night in Milan, has scored 161 goals for Madrid over three years.

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