Soccernet’s Dominic Raynor is right about this – Lyon’s Karim Benzema will not be in France much longer. I’ve watched a bit of him since getting Setanta and he has looked world class. I suspect that he will be No. 1 transfer prospect during the Winter transfer window and likely to command one of the highest fees. The only downside is that he is cap-tied from appearing in the 08-09 Champions League, but I doubt that will prevent any of the big European powers that feel they need a striker from going after him.
Who in Europe needs a striker bad enough to spend what will be a boatload on him? I suspect Barca might be looking for a replacement for an aging Eto’o in the middle of its three forward formation.