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Real Madrid internally discussing summer move for €81 million striker



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It is no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements. Although the club have taken Karim Benzema’s contract extension for granted, there is an internal desire to sign a forward that can replace the Frenchman in the long term.

Real Madrid fancy either one of Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland, but neither of them will be available at least until 2024 or 2025. As a result, Real Madrid are open to other options in the market.

According to Diario AS, one of the targets is Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian forward, who is currently plying his trade at Juventus, has become an appealing option for the Spanish giants due to Juve’s economic turmoil and recent sanctions by Serie A.

The Italian giants are indeed dawdling in a mid-table position in Serie A due to a 15-point deduction. It leaves them with virtually no chance of qualifying for the next edition of the Champions League, which in turn, has put Vlahovic’s future in jeopardy.

Earlier in the year, it was reported that Vlahovic had offered himself to Real Madrid as he wanted a new adventure elsewhere. But the reigning European champions did not exercise the option due to multiple reasons, including his hefty price-tag.

The Serbian international had joined Juventus at the start of 2022 for a fee of €81 million. Any move for the striker, who has netted 19 goals in 42 matches for Juve, would, therefore, have cost in the range of €100 million.

Real Madrid, though, are discussing the possibility of making a move for Vlahovic in the coming summer. This is because the club are not entirely sure about the future of Benzema, who is currently in the final stage of his career, despite his consistent performances at the highest level.

Real Madrid, therefore, have a decision to make in their bid to address the issues in the goalscoring department ahead of the coming season.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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