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Real Madrid eye shock January move for 28-year-old La Liga striker – report

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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.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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