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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, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report

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Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.

The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.

Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.

Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.

The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.

One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.

The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.

The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.

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