The 27-year-old was once heavily linked with Man United back in 2009 but chose instead to join Real Madrid where he has since gone on to have a strong goalscoring record.
Despite playing second fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Benzema scored 22 goals and got 11 assists to his name which is not a bad return at all.
Now, The Guardian says Van Gaal believes Benzema could be the solution to United’s problems in attack and at a market valuation of around £40m, would be a big money signing.
If Carlo Ancelotti hadn’t have been sacked as Madrid manager, the prospect of Benzema leaving the Spanish capital this summer would have been nothing more than a pipe-dream but it’s now certainly plausible.
United fans have almost conceded to the fact David de Gea is going to be joining Madrid as well and although swap deals rarely take place in modern football, it’s not outside the realms of possibility that the deals could be intertwined in some capacity.
Benzema’s a top quality striker and goals are something that United desperately lacked this year. With Radamel Falcao already gone and Robin van Persie‘s future up in the air, he’s the sort of player who has the potential to come in and have the same sort of impact Van Persie had back in 2012.