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Real Madrid chasing Barcelona-linked Bayern Munich striker after Mbappe failure
It did not take long after Kylian Mbappe’s decision for Real Madrid to begin scouting a replacement. The La Liga champions did indeed suffer a big blow through the Frenchman’s rejection but now seem to have decided to put that money to better use.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez, Los Blancos are going to try to sign Robert Lewandowski in June as an alternative.
The Polish striker has been breaking records for fun in the Bundesliga but seems to have fallen out with the management at Bayern Munich. As a result, he has decided to leave and take up a new challenge.
Barcelona were said to be leading the race to sign Lewandowski and have reportedly already made their first offer. The other European giant trying to secure the striker’s transfer is Chelsea, but the London based club first have to sort out the future of Romelu Lukaku.
Lewandowski scored 35 goals in the recently concluded Bundesliga season and also provided three assists in the process. Across all competitions, he touched the 50 goal mark once again this season.
While he has certainly been amongst the best strikers in world football recently, it seems difficult to fathom how he would fit in with Karim Benzema. The French striker is not only Real Madrid’s starting number nine but also the club’s best player.
It would be wise for Florentino Perez to sign a young forward who could eventually replace Benzema and not chase the signature of a 33-year-old player in the same position. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen as to what decision the club administration take in this regard.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.