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Real Madrid interested in 21-year-old La Liga striker – report

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Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez do not see eye to eye with respect to Real Madrid’s centre-forward crisis. As it stands, the club have only Karim Benzema as a starting option for the number nine role and rumours of his departure have understandably taken the offices by storm.

The manager wishes to sign a top-quality striker in June for he sees the lack of a clinical finisher as an impediment to next season’s run. Perez and the administration, however, are looking only for a stop-gap fix.

The president wishes to sign either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland next year and a big striker signing now would form a hurdle on that objective. Thus, the options on his radar include Joselu and Roberto Firmino.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid are also keeping close tabs on Nicolas Jackson. The youngster has enjoyed a breakthrough season in La Liga and has been one of Villarreal’s most effective players in the final third.

The youngster made his debut for the senior Villarreal setup last season but was ineffective in his nine appearances in La Liga. With no goals and an average of just 0.6 shots per game, he still had much to learn in the trade.

This season has been a completely different story. Jackson has played 25 games for the Yellow Submarines so far, scoring 11 goals from an xG of just 7.7. Further, he has provided four assists, and created seven big chances, while he averages just under one key pass per game.

The 21-year-old is one of the league’s finest young talents at the moment and is touted to have a high ceiling. His contract with the club runs until June 2026, and it is clear that he will not cost as much as the likes of Harry Kane or Dusan Vlahovic.

The Senegalese striker could thus be the perfect signing for Real Madrid next season. His arrival would provide Ancelotti with a valuable option in the final third while still keeping the manager’s plans for next summer alive.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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