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Man Utd should look to beat Arsenal to blockbuster loan deal for Karim Benzema

Manchester United should look to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal in signing Karim Benzema on a short-term loan until the end of the season.

The Frenchman netted a stunning 31 goals for Real Madrid last campaign, but he made a surprise move to leave them to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer last summer.

The 36-year-old has scored 12 goals from 20 outings for the Saudi Pro League champions, but he is currently weighing up a potential return to European football.

TEAMtalk have claimed that Arsenal are lining up a ‘blockbuster’ move to sign the Ballon d’Or winner on loan but in our view, United should look to beat them in the pursuit.

Benzema would improve United’s top-four prospects

The Red Devils have netted six goals from their last three top-flight games, but they continue to remain one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League this term.

Rasmus Hojlund has scored in each of his last two league appearances, but those are his only goals in the division since his arrival from Atalanta over the summer.

The Dane seems to be finding his feet after a frustrating start, but signing a player of Benzema’s calibre would improve the club’s prospects of making the top four.

As things stand, the Red Devils are eight points adrift of the final Champions League spot occupied by Arsenal, but they have another 17 games left in the campaign.

The club need a long winning run to reduce the deficit. Benzema may not play 90 minutes with the league’s intensity, but he has the knack of making goal contributions.

Despite being 36, the former Lyon man remains very good with the ball at his feet. At Madrid last season, he completed 38 passes per game with an accuracy of 87 per cent.

If United want to pip the Gunners into the top four, they should consider a move for Benzema ahead of the London club. Mikel Arteta’s side could cement their position with the Frenchman’s arrival.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com & Sofascore.com