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Real Madrid emerge as a potential destination for 13-goal Arsenal, Leeds United target

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According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Real Madrid are showing an interest in PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who is on the radars of Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Leeds United.

Gakpo has been performing exceptionally in the Dutch Eredivisie over the past year and a half and had been linked with an exit this past summer. The aforementioned Arsenal and Leeds United had shown a keen interest while Manchester United were also looking at him.

The Red Devils eventually ended up signing Antony from AFC Ajax, but Leeds, as well as Arsenal, are still looking at Gakpo as a potential option to strengthen their attacking ranks. However, they might have to contend with competition from Real Madrid.

The report states that sources close to the Dutchman’s situation are claiming that Real Madrid have emerged as a ‘potential destination’ for Gakpo.

Leeds were believed to be closing in on an agreement for the 23-year-old. However, his recent brilliant form, coupled with the Whites’ failure to kick on in the new season, have cast doubts over a move, as the player no longer favours a transfer to Elland Road. Amidst this, Real Madrid have emerged as an option.

Real Madrid could need reinforcements in the attacking unit for next season as it seems extremely unlikely that Marco Asensio will be handed a contract extension. Eden Hazard’s time at the club could also be coming to an end, after yet another underwhelming start to the season.

It would create vacancies in the wide attacking areas that someone like Gakpo could fill. The Dutchman is also capable of playing through the middle and could provide cover to Karim Benzema, who is not getting any younger.

Gakpo has made an excellent start to the 2022/23 season, having already plundered 13 goals and ten assists from 16 matches across all competitions. One of the most prolific forwards in Europe based on current form, he could be a fine addition at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, with Leeds still trying to convince him and Arsenal also in the hunt, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid are prepared to enter the race for the Netherlands international.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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