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Real Madrid chasing Barcelona-linked Bayern Munich striker after Mbappe failure

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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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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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