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Not Haaland – Real Madrid weighing up a move for 23-year-old Man City star

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With the summer transfer window of 2023 done and dusted, Real Madrid are already sketching out plans for the next year.

A new striker is very much at the top of the agenda after parting ways with Karim Benzema and not replacing him this summer.

And, Kylian Mbappe continues to occupy the top position on Los Blancos’ wishlist, with the Frenchman set to become a free agent next year.

However, the possibility of him renewing his contract at PSG very much exists, in which case alternatives need to be lined out.

The obvious option is Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, who is understood to have a release clause in his contract which will become active next year.

Julian Alvarez an option for Real Madrid?

However, a fresh report from Fichajes is now claiming that Real Madrid have taken an interest in Haaland’s Manchester City teammate Julian Alvarez and considering him as an option to strengthen the attack.

The 23-year-old signed for the Cityzens in January 2022 from River Plate and spent six months on loan in Argentina before arriving at the club in the summer of last year.

Since then, he has made 55 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, scoring 19 goals and registering eight assists, although most of his appearances have come as a substitute.

The aforementioned report claims that Man City are interested in a move for Brighton’s Evan Ferguson, which could put Alvarez’s position at the Etihad in jeopardy, potentially opening the door for an exit.

Alvarez recently signed new contract

The report must be taken with a pinch of salt, considering that Alvarez signed a new contract with Manchester City in March earlier this year, committing to the club until 2028.

The 23-year-old is also growing in prominence in Guardiola’s setup and as such, Man City are unlikely to sanction an exit unless an extraordinary offer arrives.

Alvarez’s age and potential would make him an appealing target for Real Madrid, but Florentino Perez is likely to seek a more marquee name to become the club’s new No. 9 next year.

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  1. anthony bentley

    September 9, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    I feel sorry for Real Madrid fans if they’re gullible enough to believe anything the Spanish press reports. 99% of the time it is pure made up fantasy.

  2. Glowey

    September 9, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    In what world is Alvarez available, he’s recently extended his contract, getting first team action and has repeatedly said how happy he is at the Etihad? Is this another Spanish clubs attempt to unsettle a player ie, tapping up via the “press”. It’s been going on for years with Barca and City players and UEFA really need to step up and stop it.

  3. Ryan

    September 9, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    Good luck with that Pep loves Julian and like he said to Bayern, “He is not for sale, not now, not later” he has a contract until 2028 and with City not needing a single cent, they will not be selling him anytime soon.

    Julian has been saying a lot that he really is enjoying his time at City, Mix that in with more game time this year, don’t see how Madrid can get him.

    If they go for Ferguson that won’t change Julian at the club at all since he can play CAM, LW, RW or even a shadow striker, so they could easily fit all three in the team

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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