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Real Madrid ‘appreciate the profile’ of €60 million-rated Liverpool, Man City target – report
Real Madrid have always had a penchant to sign young and upcoming French players over the years and turn them into superstars at the club.
Raymond Kopa, Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema, and Raphael Varane are some of the greatest French players to have played for Real Madrid.
Now, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are trying to carve their niche at the Santiago Bernabeu. The club’s admiration for Kylian Mbappe is no secret and there is another new French footballer that has joined the list.
Indeed, according to Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Real Madrid really appreciate the profile of OGC Nice and France midfielder Khephren Thuram, who is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs across Europe.
The report states that the 22-year-old was on the Merengues’ radars last year and the club had watched him closely at the time when they were also tracking Tchouameni, who eventually ended up arriving from AS Monaco.
Depending on how their summer window shapes up, Real Madrid might look into the possibility of rekindling their interest in Thuram.
The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at AS Monaco and made the switch to Nice in 2019. He is enjoying a fine campaign this time out, having made 41 appearances in all competitions in which he has scored two goals and set up eight more.
Thuram also made his international debut for France recently, and his development has alerted clubs like PSG, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, and Manchester City as well.
Nice, for their part, will demand at least €60 million for their prized asset in the summer, with still two years left on his contract.
Real Madrid are in the market for a new midfielder, but they are looking at Jude Bellingham as their primary target, with reports suggesting that the Merengues are ready to ‘do everything they can’ to sign the Englishman.
So, while they might appreciate Thuram and his qualities, a move would be unlikely at the moment.
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Benzema inquired Ronaldo about Saudi and agreed on a transfer, but backed down
Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia has triggered a wave of massive establishment within the country so much so that the league has approached players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos and even Karim Benzema.
Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid is imminent and if a report from Diaro AS is to be believed, the Frenchman contacted his former Madrid teammate, Ronaldo, to ask him for information about the Saudi league, living conditions and other teams.
All this because it is said that the legendary Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from the newly crowned Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad. As reported before, the star striker will earn more than €100 million per year across his two-year contract with the Saudi team.
At the moment, the Saudi government has approved all of Benzema’s requests and while it is said that he can join the team of his choice, Al Ittihad’s recent flirting had made them absolute favourites.
That said, the transfer may have taken a u-turn recently, as Benzema spoke about staying at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.
“Speak to the fans? Speak about what? Why should I speak of the future if I’m in Madrid?”, Benzema said.
“It’s the internet speaking, and reality is not the internet.”
In a recent turn of events, Helder Costa openly spoke about Benzema’s arrival, saying that his team is ‘excited about the arrival of the Balon d’Or winner.’ As if that is not enough, a club fan also showed a Karim Benzema edit on the big screen during their title celebrations.
Meanwhile, since the transfer is not confirmed, Real Madrid continue to be uninformed of Benzema’s decision. And this remains a major problem for the team from the capital city as their summer transfer plan hinges on the continuity of the Frenchman.
At the moment, the team is said to be closing in on the signing of Joselu from Espanyol. However, it must be noted that the forward will only be arriving on a season-long loan as Madrid already have big plans for the summer of 2024, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe both lined up.