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Real Madrid have asked about World Cup-winning striker ahead of summer window

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Real Madrid’s primary theme on the front page of media outlets is on the constant change. Such is the speed of developments in the Spanish capital that it appears a new topic is always on the horizon.

Last week was filled with updates on Jude Bellingham’s future. The English youngster’s move was said to be virtually completed, with an official announcement around the corner.

Now, the news is filled with reports of Karim Benzema’s supposed exit in June. The Frenchman has not made any binding decision yet but is tempted by the offers from Asia on his table.

The shocking development leaves Real Madrid in a situation of panic. The club have no direct replacement for the Ballon d’Or winner and finding one in a month will not be easy.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Los Blancos see Lautaro Martinez as a possible option. The club have asked about his situation several times over the past few months and hold him in high regard.

The Inter Milan striker has been linked with a move away from Italy for a long time now. It has not materialised for the World Cup winner, however, given his exorbitant price tag.

The administrators at the Santiago Bernabeu do not wish to spend big on a striker this June and prefer to wait out another year. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti, understandably, wants a star signing for the number nine position.

Real Madrid’s pursuit of Martinez will likely hinge on the outcome of the aforementioned clash. If Los Blancos do not mind splashing some cash, he could be a real option.

In 37 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season, the forward has scored a stunning 21 goals and provided six assists. Further, he averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created six big chances.

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Two Real Madrid stars staring at an uncertain future at the club this summer

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According to a report from El Larguero, the futures of Dani Ceballos and Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid are uncertain, and anything could happen with their careers. 

The main issue the two players are facing is the lack of playing time they face due to intense competition within the team, which is pushing them towards a potential exit.

For Ceballos, the club has communicated that he is free to leave. However, given that he signed a contract extension with a pay raise last year, Real Madrid will not make his departure easy. 

The Spanish club has informed Ceballos that his agents need to bring a significant offer if he wishes to leave. Although the team values him and sees him as part of their squad, they are open to letting him go if a suitable offer comes along. 

They have reportedly set a price of at least €20 million for the former Arsenal midfielder, and the club’s stance indicates that they have ample options within the market and their academy to replace him if necessary.

What about Lunin?

Andriy Lunin will only stay at Real Madrid if offered more game time. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lunin’s situation is more complicated, as both the team and the player want him to stay. However, the presence of Thibaut Courtois as the undisputed starting goalkeeper leaves little room for Lunin to secure a starting position. 

This lack of opportunity has caught the attention of several Premier League teams, with latest reports linking him to Chelsea.

Lunin’s future remains undecided as he contemplates his next move. His indecision is understandable given the challenges he has faced, such as being sidelined by Courtois in crucial matches like the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. 

The decision Lunin makes will have significant implications for all parties involved. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a possible candidate

However, if he chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no intention of changing their current approach towards him, meaning that he will continue to be the second-choice keeper.

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