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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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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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