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Real Madrid eyeing three players, including 21-year-old Portugal star, for the No. 9 slot

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Karim Benzema will stay at Real Madrid for another season at least. His renewal with the club has not been officially announced but reports state that Ancelotti sees him to be vital.

The Ballon d’Or winner single-handedly carried Los Blancos’ campaign last season. In every adversity, it was him the men in white looked towards and he seldom disappointed. In 2022-23, however, the scenario has been quite different.

Benzema has indeed had his moments this term which peaked with the hat-trick against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinal. Yet, his impact on the team’s run had been less pronounced.

His struggles in front of goal this season and the lack of a quality backup has convinced the administration of the need for a new signing in June. According to reports from AS, Real Madrid have accelerated the process of signing a new striker.

The Merengues have several options on the table that would come in as valuable options.

For starters, Portugal World Cup hero Goncalo Ramos is understood to be on the club’s radar. The 21-year-old striker would be open to playing a second-fiddle role at the club.

The Benfica star has scored 18 goals in 28 league appearances this season and has a contract with the club until June 2026.

Dusan Vlahovic is another contender to arrive at Santiago Bernabeu. Juventus are open to selling the striker but could command a fee of at least €70 million.

Apart from the two, Real Madrid are also closely monitoring the situation of Harry Kane whose contract expires in a year. The Tottenham Hotspur and England striker has long been linked with a move away from the club and could finally depart this summer.

It remains to be seen if Los Blancos spend big in June or just bring in a temporary fix with the plan to sign Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe next year.

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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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