Manchester City are reportedly considering launching a bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The France international, who is currently on international duty at Euro 2012, on Sunday revealed that Manchester United have spent four years trying to lure him to Old Trafford.
But according to Sky Sports, rivals and Premier League champions Man City are weighing up a for the 24-year-old, who was in superb form for Real Madrid last season.
Madrid are keen on keeping Benzema at the Bernabeu next season, but agent Jonathan Hope has revealed he has put the player forward as a summer arrival at the Etihad Stadium as manager Roberto Mancini looks to strengthen his title-winning squad.
"I have put Benzema forward after a talk with a very reliable and high source at Manchester City as a possible summer signing," Hope told Sky Sports.
"We are working closely to secure the exclusive mandate to obtain the paperwork firstly after a serious interest from the champions.
"We spoke with Manchester United two years ago and it went nowhere, which I can see is perhaps a regret on their part.
"The player has stated himself he will not go to Manchester United, however, he has not ruled out a switch to join the champions. I will have a clearer picture soon after the Euros when I have time to sit with his representatives.
"But personally I can see the business being done and to be fair it will rock English football.
"I must stress this is at discussion stages. All does seem in good order but this is football and things change fast."