Liverpool ‘considering’ move for €34m-rated world-class No.9

Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer should the European champions sign Kylian Mbappe.

Speculation has surfaced suggesting that Los Blancos are closing in on a world-record £161m bid for the AS Monaco teenager, although Monaco themselves are reported to have denied the rumours.

Madrid are understood to be leading the race for the 18-year-old, though, and should he complete a move to the Bernabeu then it is likely to threaten Benzema’s place in the starting lineup.

Don Balon reports that Liverpool are monitoring the situation and could swoop for the €34m-rated France international should he become available.

Benzema has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal in the past, and the Gunners are also said to hold a continued interest in the striker – although their purchase of Alexandre Lacazette is likely to see them stay out of the race.

Benzema has scored 180 goals in 365 appearances during his eight-year stay in the Spanish capital.