According to a report from DAZN, Real Madrid are actively looking for attacking options in the upcoming January transfer window.
They are trying to find an alternative for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries lately. In an attempt to find a solution in the market, Real Madrid have set their sights on Vedat Muriqi.
The Kosovan centre-forward currently plies his trade for RCD Mallorca, having joined the club permanently in a €7 million move in the summer.
Muriqi was a part of the Mallorca side since early 2022 when he joined the club on a short-term loan deal. He did not disappoint either, scoring five times in 16 league matches. This season, the forward has continued his progress, racking up eight goals in just 12 games.
Muriqi’s performances in La Liga have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs considering a move for the Turkish forward.
The tall frontman has been identified as the ideal alternative for Benzema, even more so because of his intimidating frame that would help him add a new dimension to the club’s attacking unit.
Muriqi, for his part, would be willing to don the Real Madrid kit, in what could be a major upgrade in his career. And at the age of 28, he is also at the peak of his powers.
However, luring Muriqi away from Mallorca might not be a straightforward task. The player is currently valued at €10 million, but the report suggests Mallorca could easily ask for a fee of around €20 million, which could prove to be a challenge for Real Madrid.
The Whites have spent a fortune on the imminent acquisition of Endrick recently, and the idea of signing another player could be a tall order for the club, especially in the January transfer window.
Furthermore, reports have indicated that Carlo Ancelotti & co. plan to see out the remainder of the season with no fresh additions in the winter. So, there is a chance that the links with Muriqi might not lead to anything substantial.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.