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Real Madrid in eight-way tussle for the signature of Lille forward

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According to Fichajes, Real Madrid are among as many as eight clubs vying to sign LOSC Lille centre-forward Jonathan David in the summer.

The 22-year-old Canadian international made his name at Belgian outfit KRC Genk before earning a big-money move to Lille in the summer of 2020. The striker made an immediate impact, helping Les Dogues to the Ligue 1 title and has carried forward his form into the ongoing campaign.

David has netted 13 goals in Ligue 1 this term along with three more strikes in the UEFA Champions League while adding another in a cup tie. His performances have attracted serious interest from several clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid among them.

Los Blancos will need at least one new centre-forward in the summer despite the impending arrival of Kylian Mbappe. Both Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are expected to be on their way out and Carlo Ancelotti needs a reliable cover for Karim Benzema.

Erling Haaland was on the radars of the La Liga leaders, but he seems set to join Manchester City. David, to that end, can be seen as an alternative for the Norwegian international.

However, Real Madrid will face competition from Barcelona, who are also pushing to sign the Canadian hitman as their pursuit of Haaland has hit the rocks. In addition, Liverpool, too, are looking at the Lille frontman amid question marks over the futures of Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.

The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Sevilla are all tracking David. So, Real Madrid will have to act swiftly if they wish to sign the 22-year-old in the summer window.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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