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Benzema given freedom to choose any Saudi Arabian club by the government – report

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El Mundob (h/t Madrid Xtra) brings to light some staggering details about the offer made by Saudi Arabia to Karim Benzema for a move in June. Considering the perks and details of the deal, one will not find the Frenchman’s dilemma absurd any longer.

Real Madrid indeed offer him the luxury of competitive football at the highest level and the chance to pursue the UEFA Champions League for another season. Given the age of the player, however, there is a point where one opts for financial security over sporting success, especially for one who has won it all.

It is already known that the Middle east based league offers him a contract for two seasons that is worth a gargantuan €400 million. The Spanish outlet adds intricate details about the financial perks and freedom that Benzema could enjoy next season.

The report states that the Ballon d’Or winner will have to pay no taxes on his wage, for starters. Further, he will be entitled to 100% of his image rights and the revenue it generates in addition to the commercial deals he signs up for.

In what is a rather rare proposal, Benzema can choose to join any club in any city of his choice in the Saudi League. Further, he will be provided with any luxuries that he demands during his tenure in Saudi Arabia.

Such an offer would tempt any player from anywhere across the globe. It would in fact come as a surprise if Benzema opted to reject such a lucrative offer and stay at Real Madrid.

The striker is expected to make an official announcement regarding his future by Sunday. At this point, however, the chance of him continuing look bleak, and Florentino Perez might as well begin planning for next season without him.

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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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