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€6 million-rated Spanish striker waiting for official announcement of Real Madrid move

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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.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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