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Real Madrid could lose one of three club legends in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are facing a crucial period right now, with several of their star players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season.

The long list of players includes stars such as Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, along with Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Nacho Fernandez.

The senior trifecta of Kroos, Modric, and Benzema has been in focus largely, as all three of them are still considered essential to the Real Madrid first team even though each one of the stars is currently in the final phase of their career.

Given the fact all three of the seniors have been serving the club for a long time, one would expect them to continue for at least another before seeking another adventure or hanging up their boots entirely.

However, according to Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito, Real Madrid are expected to lose at least one of the three players in the coming summer.

This could put immediate focus on Benzema, who has struggled with fitness this season. The club have also made efforts to find a long-term replacement for the Frenchman in the market and there could be fears that the veteran forward may face fierce competition for a place in the first-team next season.

As for Modric, the midfielder has shown the desire to continue at Santiago Bernabeu. Even though the Croatian has received a lucrative offer from Al Nassr, he is determined to play at the highest level of football and is not expected to decide his future until 2024.

Kroos, meanwhile, appears to be the likeliest to leave. The German does not necessarily want to move elsewhere, but there are fears that he may announce an early retirement.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things transpire over the coming months, as Real Madrid step up their efforts to keep hold of their senior stars.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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