Transfer Ticker: Benzema given the green light, Maicon saga continues and more

Transfer Ticker: Benzema given the green light, Maicon saga continues and more

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Transfer Ticker: Benzema given the green light, Maicon saga continues and more

Karim Benzema 1 (Reuters)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Karim Benzema is free to go.

Okay, well not "free", but the Lyon striker has been given the green light to join any of the big clubs reportedly interested in his services.

Lyon coach Claude Puel told the team's website that if Benzema wishes to leave then he will be allowed to do so as long one of the interested clubs meets the transfer fee, reportedly around £34 million ($56.5 million).

Benzema will return to the club team on July 2 and the two parties will discuss his future. As of now, no concrete offers have been made for the French international.

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Maicon saga continues

If Brazilian right back Maicon was serious about the demands he requested from his club Inter Milan, then he might need to start looking for a new team.

Maicon, who stated during the Confederations Cup that he was being undervalued, will most likely not get a pay increase as club president Massimo Moratti told the team's website that Maicon is getting the proper value for his services.

Arguably the best right-back in the game, Maicon is still under contract with Inter Milan for four more seasons, but his current situation is being closely watched by Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Eto'o wants to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o may not be leaving the club after all.

Despite the stratospheric offer Manchester City launched for his services over the weekend, Eto'o has stated that he would like to remain with the reigning Champions League winners, even if it is just for the remaining year on his contract.

However, the Cameroon international has not ruled out a move this summer as he is still unsure of whether or not he is apart of Barcelona's plans for next season.

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Do you see Benzema leaving Lyon this summer? Think Maicon will wind up staying with Inter? Should Eto'o move away from Barcelona?

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