Real Madrid target Joselu is currently with the Spanish national team, preparing for the upcoming UEFA Nations League semi-finals. La Roja are just two games away from the trophy and the striker is expected to play a critical part in the fixtures later this week.
His impressive numbers last season have not only caught the eyes of those in the national team but also those at Real Madrid. Los Blancos see him as the prime contender to replace Mariano Diaz for next season, and negotiations have been ongoing for a while now.
According to reports from AS, Joselu is only waiting for his signing to be made official by Real Madrid. The numbers have been discussed and agreed upon, and it is only the formal procedures that remain.
In fact, the 33-year-old was even questioned about his speculated move to the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week. However, he understandably could not give away anything much as revealed by AS.
“I can’t say anything right now, but it’s always a compliment that it’s in the newspapers. I hope that good things will come in the future, but right now I am focused on the National Team and trying to win the Nations League.”
Contrary to the popular assumption that the Espanyol star will serve as a backup striker for the Merengues, the report states that he will be their main striker for the 2023-24 campaign. After all, his numbers from last season are beyond impressive.
The veteran scored 16 goals in La Liga in just 34 appearances and even provided two assists in the process. He was, in fact, only behind Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema in the race for the Pichichi.
The relatively low-cost signing of Joselu, whose market value stands at €6 million, will not only provide the men in white with quality in the final third but also keep the door open for Kylian Mbappe’s arrival next summer. After all, Florentino Perez is determined to land the Frenchman.
Video: Real Madrid vs Las Palmas ends in dispute between Ancelotti and star forward
Real Madrid’s game against Las Palmas this midweek was an important one for the club.
The Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory over the Canaries. But more importantly, the game witnessed the return of Vinicius Junior, who was coming back from an injury.
However, it was not the most pleasing return from the Brazilian, who had an altercation with head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Dispute ends without a handshake
A video has surfaced recently which shows that Vinicius Junior and Ancelotti even ended the game without even shaking hands.
The altercation started when Ancelotti was seen talking to Vinicius, asking him to play more freely.
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Vinicius, though, was not happy with the Italian’s tactics. He pointed out his disagreement with Ancelotti and highlighted the team’s lack of structure.
Ancelotti continued to yell at the Brazilian, asking him to play a certain way. The matters turned worse when Vini continued to turn his back on the Real Madrid coach.
After the final whistle, the Brazilian international did glance past Ancelotti without even shaking his hand.
Ancelotti under pressure
This is a worrying sign for Real Madrid and an indicator that the team is not entirely happy with Ancelotti, who has faced criticism despite a relatively good start to the season.
Although the Real Madrid board has continued to back the former AC Milan and PSG coach, the Italian is certainly running on thin ice.
The upcoming games against Girona, Napoli and Osasuna could be crucial as Real Madrid look to maintain their winning momentum, especially following a derby defeat to Atleti.
In the meantime, Ancelotti must definitely have a word with Vinicius and calm the Brazilian, knowing the attacker could play a key role in revving up the team’s offensive unit in the coming weeks.