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Ancelotti likes 31-goal Serie A hitman, but Real Madrid unwilling to splash the cash



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Real Madrid’s transfer window has seen a steep turn. From the initial claims that they are looking at multiple renowned names to strengthen the forward department, Los Blancos’ search for a striker has fallen flat on its face.

Carlo Ancelotti was the force responsible for propelling the idea of a big summer striker signing. After all, the manager had just lost the services of Karim Benzema and was desperate to fill the void with a quality name.

Harry Kane was the Italian tactician’s top choice on that front. According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is another player really liked by the coach.

The 24-year-old took Serie A by storm last season, scoring 26 goals and providing four assists in Napoli’s sensational run to the title. He averaged over 1.1 key passes and a staggering 4.2 shots per game in that duration. He also netted five goals in the UCL, taking his total tally for the season to 31.

Moreover, Osimhen has been a star in Italy for a while now. With 13 and 16 goal contributions to his name in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons respectively, his numbers have only improved with every passing year.

The Nigerian international’s contract with Napoli runs out in 2025, and the Serie A champions are in talks with him over an extension. Real Madrid contacted the Italian club over his availability earlier this month but are said to be unwilling to meet their asking price.

Florentino Perez prefers to wait for Kylian Mbappe over any other striker in world football. The French international’s arrival this summer, however, is not simple and could get pushed over to 2024.

As it stands, it appears that the Merengues will see no further additions to their squad heading into the 2023-23 campaign. Joselu will serve as the team’s primary striker, with Vincius Jr and Rodrygo likely to flank him.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later



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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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