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Real Madrid in transfer war with Chelsea for 2022 World Cup-winning striker

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After bidding one of the best strikers in Real Madrid’s history farewell, the hunt for Karim Benzema’s replacement is well underway at Real Madrid.

Many high-profile names have been suggested to replace the Frenchman, but complications in transfer fees and competitors have made Benzema’s succession plan overly arduous.

Lautaro Martinez is one of the names sought-after by the Los Blancos. The Argentine World Cup winner has showcased fantastic performances with Inter Milan and his national team, even reaching the UEFA Champions League final.

However, despite finances favouring Madrid at the moment, owing to an influx of departures, acquiring the striker is not as straightforward as it would seem.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Martinez is not just being considered by Real Madrid for the upcoming season as the player is also desired by Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino, the new head coach of the London club, has specifically requested reinforcements in the frontline.

Chelsea are going through a significant restructure, and several players will depart the team. Taking this into context, Pochettino has informed the English club’s executives that Martinez, a player he has long admired, is the striker he prefers to strengthen the team’s leadership.

Considering the financial muscle of Chelsea, having been taken over by Todd Boehly, they are prepared to offer a high fee for the Inter star. Such fierce competition from a well-established institution is likely to deter Madrid from acquiring the player.

While the Merengues have kept many options on the table, a list that appears to be led by Harry Kane, there are difficulties in acquiring the Spurs talisman’s signature as he is keen on breaking the all-time goalscoring record in the Premier League.

In addition, Daniel Levy’s reputation as a tough negotiator and the high price set on Kane could ward off Real Madrid from making a move for their ultimate priority.

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  1. Pat Grey

    June 11, 2023 at 7:23 am

    As a longstanding fan of my beloved Real Madrid, I’m urging the club NOT to hire Martinez of Inter. As any keen footballer would tell you about the uninspiring performance in the final championship game at Instabul on Saturday, he is far from being a quality player. He was a major drag on Inter, and woefully messed up several opportunities to help his team, including an incredible face-to-face chance of beating Man City’s goal keeper to level the 1-0 goal deficit Inter was struggling under. Any smart and composed striker could have easily either scored himself or cleverly passed on the ball to Lukaku who was well positioned to score. I was left wondering why the coach didn’t substitute him even as he consistently performed dismally on the pitch. If RM is serious about strengthening its attacking line for next season, Martinez should not be a priority consideration. Sadio Mane will be preferable at this time.

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Real Madrid €25 million-rated ace receives offer from Arsenal – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is at a crossroads in his career, with several offers on the table, including one from Premier League club Arsenal, according to a report from Diario AS

It is understood that Lunin has grown tired of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid and he feels that his performance last season warrants more playing time and equal opportunities. 

Although he will start training with Real Madrid today, it does not guarantee his future at the club.

Real Madrid, on their part, have offered Lunin a contract renewal, which he has yet to respond to. The club has proposed a renewal that would extend his stay until 2029, but the 25-year-old is still unsure about committing.

However, his hesitation is fueled by advice from those close to him, who encourage him to seek opportunities outside of Real Madrid. 

The situation is complicated

Lunin’s situation is complicated. Despite having a contract that runs until 2025, he has received numerous offers, some quite attractive, such as the one from Arsenal. 

Arsenal are interested in signing Andriy Lunin. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, Lunin remains undecided about his next move. His uncertainty is understandable given the setbacks he has faced, such as Courtois securing the starting position in crucial matches like the one at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final. 

Lunin had shone in games against Leipzig, Manchester, and Munich, earning praise for his performances, yet he still finds himself in Courtois’ shadow.

The dilemma Lunin faces is significant, as his decision will impact several stakeholders. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a potential candidate

On the other hand, if Lunin chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no plans to alter their treatment of him.

For now, everyone is eagerly awaiting Lunin’s decision. His future is hanging in the balance, with the potential to shift the dynamics at Real Madrid and affect his career trajectory significantly. 

Will he stay and continue to fight for his place, or will he seize a new opportunity with a different club, perhaps in the Premier League? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: Lunin’s next move will be a pivotal moment in his career.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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