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Real Madrid face two obstacles in summer pursuit of 26-goal striker – report

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Real Madrid are close to sealing their first summer transfer of the season in the form of Jude Bellingham. With the noise around the English midfielder now subdued, the administration are working towards the acquisition of a new striker.

Los Blancos are in a state of conflict over the decision surrounding the number nine position for next season. Some reports state that the club maintain complete faith in Karim Benzema and will wait another year before splashing the cash. Others, however, bring forth the candidates being considered at Valdebebas.

One of the players on Real Madrid’s radar on that front is Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos. The Portuguese international made the headlines in the FIFA World Cup for a stunning display against Switzerland in the knockout stages and his form at the club level has been no different.

In 28 Liga Portugal appearances this season, Ramos has scored 18 goals and provided two assists. He averages 0.6 key passes per game and has created four big chances. The 21-year-old has also netted eight more goals in other competitions.

However, AS report that Real Madrid face two significant hurdles if they opt for the operation to sign Ramos.

The first obstacle appears to be the economic situation. Benfica expect an exorbitant price for their central striker who is contracted at the club until 2026. Earlier this season when Newcastle United and Manchester United were scouting the player, a fee of around €120 million was quoted.

Secondly, Ramos is represented by the agency of Jorge Mendes with whom Real Madrid do not share a great rapport. The two parties cut ties after Cristiano Ronaldo’s anti-climactic departure from the Santiago Bernabeu and the negotiations will thus be complicated.

It appears likely that the Merengues will pass on the Portuguese star’s availability and pursue either Dusan Vlahovic or Harry Kane instead. Moreover, the possibility of waiting a year for Kylian Mbappe cannot be ruled out.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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