Karim Benzema’s future at Real Madrid is no longer as secure as it appeared a few days ago. His renewal for an additional season appeared to be only a matter of time with a complete agreement having been reached. However, his situation has taken a radical turn in the last 24 hours.
An economically lucrative offer of €200 million now has the Frenchman’s attention and he is seriously studying the possibility of moving to Saudi Arabia. He is, at this point, closer to leaving Real Madrid than staying.
The turn of tables now has the club rearranging priorities ahead of the summer transfer window. The centre-forward position that was seen as a secondary objective now becomes the prime priority.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there is a clash of ideas been manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club on that front.
The manager wants to sign a top-class number nine come June. The options on the table with such criteria would appear to be Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen.
However, Real Madrid are focusing on a cheaper option for next season and see Joselu or Roberto Firmino as possible signings.
The Merengues hope to lure one of Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2024 as a Galactico signing. Needless to say, that explains their idea of looking for a temporary solution.
At the same time, however, Ancelotti’s concern is warranted too. After all, he will be left with no direct backups if Benzema bids farewell next month and will have to go an entire season with subpar options. One of Kane, Osimhen, or Dusan Vlahovic would make his job easier.
One can expect the situation to take a definitive turn in the coming weeks after the Frenchman takes a final decision on his next step.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.