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Real Madrid considering €100 million Frankfurt starlet as Benzema’s replacement

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Randal Kolo Muani has become one of the most wanted prospects in the transfer market this summer. The Eintracht Frankfurt striker is coming on the back of an excellent spell in his debut season in the Bundesliga, racking up 15 goals and 14 assists in just 32 league matches.

Kolo Muani has played a key role in helping Frankfurt reach the final of the DFB Pokal as well, scoring six goals. He was also a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup French team that reached the final.

The former Nantes striker’s performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Bayern Munich most notably keen on acquiring his services ahead of the new season. The German champions are looking to beef up their goalscoring options ahead of the new season.

Kolo Muani fits the bill perfectly due to his high productivity in the final third. However, according to SportBILD (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Bavarians are set to face stiff competition in the race to sign the Frenchman, as Real Madrid have freshly added the player to the transfer shortlist.

The Spanish giants are looking for a new striker in the market following the untimely departure of Karim Benzema. The veteran forward has joined Al-Ittihad on a lucrative contract, leaving the club devoid of a reliable goalscoring option upfront.

Real Madrid have been mainly linked with a move for Harry Kane as the desired replacement for Benzema. But knowing making a move for the Englishman could disrupt the club’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland in 2024, the club are open to other alternatives.

That is where Kolo Muani comes into the fray. The French international’s ability to sniff goalscoring opportunities, coupled with his creative prowess and tactical versatility should make him an ideal attacking partner for Vinicius and Rodrygo next season. He is priced at around €100 million, with little room to negotiate.

However, competing with Bayern could prove to be tricky, while Eintracht Frankfurt themselves will not be keen on offloading their star man on a cut-price deal this summer.

Hence, it will be interesting to see how this transfer saga takes shape in the coming month or so.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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