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Ancelotti really likes Chelsea forward, open to negotiating with Real Madrid for ‘big money’

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Real Madrid will be looking to sign a striker this summer even after Karim Benzema’s decision to reject the mammoth offer from Al-Ittihad worth more than €100 million per year, excluding other benefits such as image rights and advertising deals.

They are looking to invest in a player that can fix the position long-term but also someone with enough range in their game to plug other holes in the team.

As such, one name that has come up in recent times is Chelsea’s Kai Havertz. The rumours, as surprising as they are, are driven by Carlo Ancelotti, who is reportedly a huge fan of the player, as per a report by Fabrizio Romano.

Real Madrid believe that Havertz is the kind of creative player that Madrid are missing right now in their squad, and believe he would be a good fit for the team.

Further, with Marco Asensio leaving the club on a free transfer, they have to reinforce the attack either way, and believe that Havertz’s ability to fit in multiple positions could be very helpful in the short-term.

Chelsea are stuck in a financial and squad limbo after spending a ton of money during the last summer transfer window. They will have to shed a lot of their roster in an attempt to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

As such, they are open to negotiating with Real Madrid for Havertz. He is not an untouchable player for the Chelsea management.

However, Romano has denied rumours suggesting that Madrid could pursue Havertz as part of a loan-plus-option-to-buy deal.

In fact, the reporter says that Chelsea will be chasing a big deal to allow the 23-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

They signed him for over €80 million in the summer of 2020, and are confident about his market value despite underwhelming performances so far across three seasons.

Real Madrid are already considering some options to reinforce their attack this summer – players that would act as backup to Benzema. The deal for Joselu is reportedly close to completion, while Roberto Firmino is also on the cards.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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