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“No contact”: Ligue 1 club president comments on Real Madrid’s links to 22-year-old striker

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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.

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  1. Aloysius Andrews

    August 8, 2022 at 1:17 am

    We need a backup striker to Benz at Real Madrid. This guy “Gouiri” would be perfect in that direction.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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