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Real Madrid believe in Benzema, will not sign a superstar in the summer



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The Real Madrid management seems to have made up its mind regarding the current state of the roster, with a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra) confirming that the team will not sign a high-profile forward this summer as they believe Karim Benzema still has one season left in the tank.

Madrid were given a harsh reality check by Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg clash at the Etihad Stadium. The Cityzens dominated all parts of the field and Madrid’s attack seemed unnoticeable at its very best.

Despite that, however, the management is of the idea that the team can survive another season without any attacking reinforcement. Furthermore, even Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that doubting Benzema is unfair.

“There’s no point in doubting Benzema. He had a bad game, but not only him. And he’s still a legend at this club. The team wasn’t right on Wednesday, not just Karim,” said the manager ahead of the Valencia game.

The manager also pressed the team is not really worried about not having a new striker for the next season, saying that everyone at the club is currently evaluating the situation.

“We have to wait a bit, we are talking about it with the club, but it is not the time. We are evaluating what has happened. It is not the right place to talk about what is happening,” he added.

We have reported before that even if Madrid think of signing a striker this summer, there are no potential suitors.

One might argue that Kylian Mbappe is worth the effort but it should be noted that if Paris Saint-Germain lose Lionel Messi and Neymar in the summer, there is absolutely no way that the French team would let Mbappe leave too.

Furthermore, as far as Erling Haaland is concerned, there is a certain clause in his contract that will only be activated in the summer of 2024 and this is why the team continues to point to 2024 to sign a superstar in attack.

In all fairness, all of this makes perfect sense as a panic buy won’t do any good for the parties involved.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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