Real Madrid’s search for a striker has now extended to France as the club look to find the ideal backup for star-forward Karim Benzema.
In recent days, it has become increasingly clear that OGC Nice striker Amine Gouiri is a real option for the Spanish club. The 22-year-old is already one of the best forwards in Ligue 1 and has led from the front for his club in recent seasons.
Yet, the French club deny that there has been any approach from Real Madrid in their player. When OGC Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere was asked about the situation by Prime Video Sport France, he said:
“I heard these rumours just like you did. But they did not come to our office, I had no contacts with Real Madrid for Gouiri.”
Yet, it is normal in today’s football world for a club to deny an ongoing transfer operation. Such a move is beneficial to the selling party as it often pressurises the buyer to up their offer.
The 22-year-old striker was one of the strongest pillars for OGC Nice last season as he scored ten goals and provided nine assists in just 38 league appearances. He also found the back of the net twice in five Coupe De France appearances.
One factor that could prove to be important in the negotiations is that Real Madrid are prepared to loan the player back to Nice for one season, as reported by SPORT. As it stands, the French club want at least €40 million for their star striker.
The other options on the table for Carlo Ancelotti include Benjamin Sesko, Jonathan Burkardt and Iker Bravo. Yet, there is little doubt that Gouiri is more experienced and proven than his competitors.
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.