French sports paper L’Equipe claims that Barcelona president Joan Laporta has talked with Olympique Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas about Olympique Lyon forward and French international Karim Benzema (21) during last week’s official dinner previous to the Champions League game between the two clubs.
Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that Laporta just wanted to hear more about how things currently stand. Aulas told him that nothing has changed and that Barcelona is still in pole position in case Benzema would leave in the summer.
Aulas nevertheless suggested that, more than Real Madrid, Manchester United is working on the transfer of Benzema and could become Barcelona’s main rival to sign the player. Laporta asked his French counterpart to be kept informed about every bid coming in for Benzema.
Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain would meanwhile be in constant contact with Benzema’s agent. Both the player and his agent would have denied that Benzema is a Real Madrid fan saying that the he had been misquoted by Madrid media. The player would like to move to the Spanish league but has no real preference as the team is concerned.