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Real Madrid ‘like’ Portuguese forward with 16 goal contributions this season – report

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Despite the insistence of manager Carlo Ancelotti that he is happy with his current Real Madrid squad, reports suggest that the Italian remains keen on adding a new forward to his ranks. And one of the names touted as a potential target is AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao.

Indeed, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid ‘like’ Leao, although the Spanish capital giants have not made any moves for him as of yet.

The 23-year-old has grown leaps and bounds at San Siro over the past couple of years and has emerged as one of the most important cogs in the wheel for Stefano Pioli. Leao played a key role in Milan’s Serie A title triumph last season and has continued his good vein of form this term too.

Indeed, the Portuguese attacker, who has primarily played on the left wing for Milan but can play through the middle, has already netted seven goals and set up nine more for his teammates in 20 matches.

Leao has 16 goal involvements in 1481 minutes in all competitions this season, meaning he has contributed with a goal or an assist every 92 minutes.

Given his form and proven pedigree, it is not hard to understand why Leao has admirers in Real Madrid.

The Merengues could need to reinforce their frontline in the near future as Eden Hazard’s time seems to be running out while Mariano Diaz is unlikely to remain at the club for much longer.

A player of Leao’s ability, thus, could be an effective addition at the Santiago Bernabeu as he could compete with Vinicius Junior on the left flank or provide cover for Karim Benzema in the No. 9 slot.

His contract with Milan expires in 2024 but there have been reports of a new deal being in the works. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid’s interest in the Portuguese international leads to anything substantial.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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