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Real Madrid in talks over potential January move for Argentine striker, claims agent



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The Real Madrid frontline has been depleted considerably due to the growing list of absentees as of late.

Vinicius Jr. suffered an injury with the Brazilian national team during the international break and is expected to be out until February 2024.

Now, with the club possessing Rodrygo and Joselu as their only two available forwards, talks of signing a reinforcement for the front line have been doing the rounds lately.

The name of Mauro Icardi has been linked heavily with Real Madrid, with the striker rumoured to be a target for this winter.

Despite prior reports claiming Real Madrid has no intention of recruiting Icardi in the forthcoming transfer window, the Argentine striker’s agent has come out to add fuel to the fire.

Talks are taking place

Elio Letterio Pino, Icardi’s agent, via AS, has said: “There is no official offer yet. I’m in Madrid right now (yesterday). Real Madrid has not made any offer for Icardi. They have not yet made an official offer. But we are talking to those responsible for Real Madrid. 

“I will go to Istanbul on Monday to meet with Erden Timur. I will watch the Galatasaray – Manchester United Champions League match on Wednesday. Of course, I will also spend time with Mauro. I can’t say anything more for now.”

Icardi, who is currently plying his trade for Turkish side Galatasaray, has been enjoying a solid season and has thus entered the crosshairs of big clubs, apparently including Real Madrid.

With 15 goals this season from 20 games in all competitions, the Argentine centre-forward has been a consistent scorer for the Turkish powerhouses.

While Icardi’s agent claims there have yet to be any formal offers, the former Barcelona academy product is a subject of discussion between both parties.

If Los Blancos decide to go down the path of signing Icardi, he would reportedly cost them around €15 million.

With anything yet to be formalized, no possibilities can be ruled out. As of now, the club plans to trust young players like Gonzalo Garcia or simply utilize their existing squad players like Brahim Diaz to make up for the absence of Vinicius Jr.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’



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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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