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Just in: Karim Benzema closer to leaving Real Madrid than staying

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According to a report by Jose Felix Diaz, as exclusively shared by RM4Arab, Karim Benzema is, at this point, closer to leaving Real Madrid than staying. The final decision, however, has not been made.

Benzema’s contract with Madrid expires at the end of the season, and he was expected to renew it for another season. However, recent reports have stated that the Frenchman has received a massive €200 million offer from Saudi Arabia, and is thinking about leaving.

The offer spans across two years, along with extra benefits that include image rights, advertising and the chance to create schools for children under his name.

Further, his dip of performances across this season have lit some doubts for the management and the coaching staff regarding his commitment to the club.

There have been multiple contrary reports about Benzema and Madrid’s plans to sign a striker this summer. Some have claimed that they are ready to reignite their pursuit for Kylian Mbappe, even though the Frenchman has claimed he will continue at PSG next season.

There has also been news regarding Harry Kane, claiming that Carlo Ancelotti wants to make the Englishman a priority for next summer.

On the contrary, there have also been reports that say that Madrid fully believe in Benzema and will not sign a ‘superstar’ this summer. They are of the opinion that the striker will be back to his absolute best once they sign reinforcements in other positions to strengthen the squad.

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Real Madrid set to win battle for €50 million centre-back, ideal formula to sign him is set

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Having secured the signing of Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid’s focus is now on the centre-back position which will be significantly weakened next season.

Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger did well to cover for the injured Eder Militao last season. The former, however, is on his way out of the club, leaving Los Blancos with one less body in the department.

Leny Yoro, on that front, has been a constant target for the Merengues in recent months. Competition from Europe’s elite and LOSC Lille’s atrocious demands, however, have attenuated the negotiations.

Strategy plotted

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid consider the signing of Yoro this summer to be very expensive.

Will Leny Yoro join Real Madrid this summer? (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The ideal scenario as seen in the offices at Valdebebas, thus, is that the player stays at Lille for one more season. Considering that his contract at the Ligue 1 side runs out next summer, he can then arrive as a free agent.

The strategy, after all, is tried and tested as it was the exact same manoeuvre that brought David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger to the Santiago Bernabeu.

One for the future

Sources close to Madrid Universal have revealed that those in the club offices describe Yoro to be a ‘centre back for the next ten years.’ After Nacho’s Departure, his signing is seen as a necessity more than ever before.

All that separates Real Madrid from the phenom, at this point, is €20 million. The Galacticos are willing to put up €40 million for his arrival but Lille demand €60 million.

Given that Yoro has his heart fixed on a move to Madrid, the club’s latest stance will only serve to pressurise Lille into possibly accepting the Merengues’ terms for the transfer. A wrong foot, after all, will see them lose their biggest star for free next summer.

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