Soccer Transfer News: Real Madrid May Sell Lassana Diarra, Karim Benzema

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IJuly 7, 2011

Lassana Diarra
Lassana DiarraDavid Ramos/Getty Images

According to a report by the Mirror (which was published by, Real Madrid is expressing interest in selling Lassana Diarra to the Tottenham Hotspur. The purpose is to raise money in order to sign more players since a lot of cash was exchanged for Fabio Coentrao.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have expressed interest in the services of Diarra. The reason is the admiration that Ferguson has for Diarra.

The only inconvenience is the asking price for Diarra from Real Madrid is US$29 million. While the price appears to be excessive, it appears Real Madrid may strike a deal with the Hotspur or Manchester United.

At the same time, Arsene Wenger is also attempting to strike a deal with Real Madrid. According to the Daily Mail report (published by, Wenger is willing to pay US$43 million to Real Madrid for Karim Benzema.

The reason is the possible departure of Cesc Fabregas to FC Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City. Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho would appear to be receptive to such an idea since the team needs a new striker as part of its reorganization for the 2011-2012 La Liga season.

It remains to be seen what will transpire with these summer transfers in Real Madrid. Regardless, it has been an interesting day.