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Ancelotti believes Premier League flop striker is the perfect player for Real Madrid

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Transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kai Havertz, suggesting that the club’s desire to sign the Chelsea playmaker is not reliant on the fate of Karim Benzema.

The veteran forward has been reportedly considering a move away from Santiago Bernabeu after receiving a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia. Real Madrid, though, have not given up on him just yet and want to keep him at the club at all costs.

At the same time, the Spanish giants are determined to sign Havertz ahead of the new season. The Chelsea star has emerged as the most latest target for the club as they look to reinforce their creative options following the departure of Marco Asensio.

Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) claims Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti views Havertz as the ideal player for the club, both on and off the pitch.

This comes despite the fact that the German international has been largely branded as a flop in the Premier League. Since joining Chelsea for €80 million in 2020, the youngster has indeed failed to live up to his expectations. He has scored only 32 goals in 139 appearances.

Havertz has faced criticism this season for failing to make use of his chances in front of goal. His faulty performances have directly reflected on Chelsea’s season, as the Blues have finished in mid-table.

But Real Madrid bosses are confident that Havertz has what it takes to become a success in La Liga. It must be noted that Ancelotti had the chance to monitor the German closely during his time in England.

A host of Premier League players have performed well after coming to La Liga, but it has worked the opposite way as well. Whether or not Havertz can establish himself in the former bracket remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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