Man U, Real, Barça chasing Benzema, says agent

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Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid are amongst the major European clubs eyeing the signing of France starlet Karim Benzema, according to the player's agent.

The Lyon striker has followed up from an outstanding performance in Ligue 1 last season to start the current campaign strongly after what was a disappointing Euro 2008 tournament for him and his nation.

And according to his agent, Benzema is being chased by three of the world's biggest clubs, with many French soccer analysts predicting this season will be the 20-year-old's last in France.

United already has an array of attacking talent at its disposal with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez plying their trade at Old Trafford.

However, the future of Tevez has came under severe scrutiny in recent weeks with the Argentinean still not secured on a permanent contract, with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson having reportedly eyed Benzema as an option last summer.

And Benzema's agent has said there are also other top clubs eyeing his client's signature.

"Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are not the only clubs following Karim because all the big European clubs are," Karim Djaziri told France Football. "Our contacts with the clubs are constant and our contacts did not start last year but since Karim is 16! But we are transparent with Lyon on every point and they are aware of everything happening."