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Karim Benzema’s form pushes Erling Haaland away from Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have the luxury of a fair bit of choice of transfers in the summer. In all likelihood, the club is keenly exploring the arrivals of Erling Haaland alongside long-time target Kylian Mbappe.

According to Diario AS, the Galacticos are keen on having one world-class acquisition aside from the obvious pursuit of Mbappe. The two names on top of the list are Aurelien Tchouameni and Haaland.

Tchouameni is reportedly all but done, while agreeing to terms with Haaland and Borussia Dortmund will also not be an issue, but after considering salaries and costs of acquisition, Madrid can only have one of the two this summer.

And the expendable at the moment seems to be the Norwegian striker, especially because Karim Benzema is in the form of his life.

The Frenchman has been instrumental for Los Blancos this season, with his latest exploits earning them a stunning comeback against Chelsea in the Champions League, ensuring progress to the semifinals of the competition.

Both Tchouameni and Haaland’s situations are similar in the sense that the players are looking to leave their respective clubs this summer, but an operation for Haaland will incur heavy additional fees for agent Mino Raiola and his father Alfie.

Real Madrid reportedly believe that the talismanic Benzema still has two years of football left in him at the very top level, which could mean that the Monaco midfielder would be a more sensible transfer.

Especially since Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, although important as ever, are at very advanced ages. Finding a long-term midfield presence to fill in for at least one of them is paramount.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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