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Benzema recieved official Saudi offer last week, Real Madrid want him to stay



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There has been a bit of confusion surrounding the future of Karim Benzema lately. The forward was expected to sign a renewal at Real Madrid until 2024. But the player is now considering a potential move away from Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

The speculations linking Benzema with an exit from Real Madrid came shortly after he received a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, worth up to €200 million for two years, along with other benefits, including the creation of schools for children.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the offer from Saudi Arabia came last week, just before the game against Sevilla.

Real Madrid were quick to figure out that the forward is considering taking up the offer instead of continuing at Santiago Bernabeu. It must be mentioned that there have been a few questions raised over Benzema’s fitness and commitment to the team this season.

But those questions have mostly been quashed by the club and its coaching staff, who are keen on keeping hold of Benzema. The player is currently discussing his future with his camp and family.

Real Madrid have been informed of the situation and are still ready to offer him a contract extension until 2024, should the Frenchman opt to stay at the Bernabeu for one more year.

Benzema’s potential exit, though, could force the club to go after a new striker in the upcoming summer transfer window. They have been linked with a move for Tottenham superstar Harry Kane, but negotiating with Daniel Levy is proving to be an obstacle.

Real Madrid, therefore, will prefer Benzema to stay till 2024 when the club are expected to go after either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid




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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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