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Harry Kane expected to be Karim Benzema’s replacement at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have officially announced the departures of four players over the course of the last 24 hours, starting with Marco Asensio on a free transfer.

Mariano Diaz also left the club, and later at night, Madrid announced that they had reached a mutual agreement to terminate Eden Hazard’s contract. The Belgian let go of €7 million in his salary for next season, too.

However, the bombshell came today morning as Karim Benzema’s departure was announced from the club at the end of the season. The Frenchman, now a free agent, is expected to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer.

This leaves Madrid with just two natural forwards in their squad – Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. And while they were going to go strong in the transfer market, their task now becomes even more difficult.

Jose Luis Sanchez (h/t MadridXtra), meanwhile, has reported on Benzema’s replacement, saying that Harry Kane is the most likely candidate.

The Englishman has a year left on his deal after this summer, but signing him from Tottenham Hotspur would be a monumental task. He is currently the second all-time scorer in the history of the Premier League, and dreams of breaking Alan Shearer’s record.

Not to mention, even if Kane should choose to leave, Madrid will have to deal with Daniel Levy, who is infamously a notorious seller. He has priced his prized asset at around €120 million, and will likely not budge from it.

Madrid are, therefore, also preparing a list of other targets they can pursue while finding a replacement for Benzema as the no. 9.

Roberto Firmino is a free agent, and on Madrid’s radar for the summer, but is not a priority. Espanyol’s Joselu seems be close to joining, too, while the name of Kai Havertz has also come up.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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