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Karim Benzema close to joining Al Ittihad, Real Madrid not told about decision yet

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According to a fresh report by AS, Karim Benzema is close to joining Al Ittihad; the agreement is almost done, as per source close to the club.

The Frenchman will earn more than €100 million per year across his two-year contract if he finalises the deal. Madrid, however, are still in the dark about his decision, as there has been no official communication between the two parties.

Al Ittihad will sign Benzema on a free transfer as the veteran striker’s contract expires this summer. He was initially set to sign a new deal with Madrid, but has recently been tempted by the massive offer tabled to him from Saudi Arabia.

Earlier reports have stated that apart from €200 million+ across two seasons, Benzema will also get to retain 100% of his image rights, advertising money, and will also be an ambassador of the 2030 World Cup.

The Saudi government have approved and improved on all of Benzema’s request, and the player is not very tempted to leave Madrid at the end of the season. He has been in conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo about the Saudi league and life in the middle east.

Now, the five-time Champions League winner is a few hours away from completing the deal, the announcement for which could take place in the coming days, or weeks, if Madrid attempt to convince him to stay.

Al Ittihad players have already started to drop hints about the move, with Helder Costa saying, “We are very excited about the arrival of the Balon d’Or winner (Benzema).”

As far as replacements go, Madrid have a few names on the radar, starting with Harry Kane, who is reportedly Carlo Ancelotti’s priority for that position. A move for him will cost over €100 million, though, as Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is not ready to let him go easily.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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