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Lyon accept Madrid offer for Benzema

Lyon have accepted an offer from Real Madrid for striker Karim Benzema.

Madrid and Manchester United have been vying for the services of the 21-year-old but Lyon continued to insist before today that the France international would remain at the Stade Gerland for another season at least.

However, Les Gones announced on their official website this afternoon that they have accepted a fee of at least 35 million euros from Madrid for the player, with performance clauses set to see that fee rise to 41 million euros.

The statement on www.olweb.fr read: "Lyon announce they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid on the details of the transfer of their international attacker Karim Benzema.

"A few days ago Karim Benzema informed the club president Jean Michel Aulas of his desire to move to the Madrid club, which had always been his favourite club after Lyon, earlier than he had foreseen.

"The player wanted to seize the opportunity which Real Madrid offered him to be one of the major elements in their new ambitious project based around the greatest players of the world.

"Lyon accepted Karim Benzema's decision and negotiated the conditions of a transfer which satisfies all the different parties.

"The club wishes Karim the greatest success with Real Madrid."