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Real Madrid competing with Barcelona, Atletico and three more clubs for Salzburg striker

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The most dramatic and hyped transfers of any window often involve strikers. It is not surprising that the forwards get as much importance as they do, for their success often translates directly into the team’s success.

A large part of Real Madrid’s success last season can be attributed to Karim Benzema’s imperious form. With the Frenchman now at 34, the club are looking far and wide for a potent replacement.

According to reports from Diario AS, a new star striker has risen in the Bundesliga, and Real Madrid are interested in signing him. Benjamin Sesko, the youngster from RB Salzburg, is grabbing eyes from across Europe and the queue to sign him will be long.

The interest in Sesko ramped up last week after his dominant performance against Liverpool that included a goal. Five clubs have conveyed their interest in the 19-year-old star, who will make his decision next week.

Manchester United and Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign the Slovenian and have firmly communicated their interest to Salzburg. Meanwhile, PSG recently entered the race and are on the list of his five potential destinations.

In Spain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all maintained tabs on the player. However, it is only Los Blancos who hold a strong interest in his signing at the moment.

Last season, Sesko played 24 league games for RB Salzburg, scoring five goals and providing one assist. In the current season of the Austrian Bundesliga, he already has one goal and an assist in two games.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report

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Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.

The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.

Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.

Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.

The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.

One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.

The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.

The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.

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