Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met Karim Benzema's agent to discuss the move of the striker from Real Madrid to Manchester, the Manchester Evening News reveals.
According to the report: "Woodward was seen with Karim Djaziri at The Savoy hotel in London on Wednesday evening amid reports United could lodge a £40m bid for the 27-year-old, who is on holiday in New York."
The Frenchman is expected to leave the Spanish giants in the summer with Arsene Wenger's Arsenal also set to make an offer.
But according to reports in Spain, the striker will be used as part of the deal that will see goalkeeper David De Gea join Real Madrid.
"David has loved his time at United and wouldn't even consider leaving if it wasn't for the fact it's Real Madrid that want to sign him," a source is quoted as saying by Daily Star.
"He knows he can achieve so much more at Real and Madrid is where he's from. All his friends and family are there."