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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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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report



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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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