Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has reportedly agreed to join AC Milan.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia (h/t Mirko Calemme of AS), the Frenchman’s representatives spoke with Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli about the switch on Monday.
Gattuso is said to have held discussions with the player already about a possible switch to the San Siro.
Milan are said to be willing to pay the 30-year-old’s annual salary of €9 million (£8 million) and offer him a contract up until 2022.
In the Di Marzio report, it’s also noted that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will not stand in the way of Benzema should he decide to move on this summer. That’s despite the fact Real have already lost a key attacker already in this window, with Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus.
However, as relayed by Get French Football News, Benzema’s agent appears to have dismissed the speculation:
The striker has been at Madrid for nine years and has been a crucial part of one of the most dominant eras in the club’s history. Los Blancos have won the UEFA Champions League in four of the last five seasons, including the last three in succession.
Although there have been times recently when Benzema has been maligned by Madridistas, he was a regular under former manager Zinedine Zidane and netted the crucial opener in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool, with Los Blancos going on to win 3-1.