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Real Madrid lining up €15 million January swoop for Argentine centre-forward – report

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Following the serious injury to Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid find themselves hamstrung in the attacking department.

It is believed that the Brazilian international will be out of action until February 2024, meaning Carlo Ancelotti & co. will have to make do with just Joselu and Rodrygo as the senior attacking options.

Given the team’s ambitions, such a move would be imprudent. Even though it has been suggested that Real Madrid do not plan on any January moves to reinforce their attack, fresh reports state otherwise.

Mauro Icardi on Real Madrid’s radar

Indeed, as per reports in Italy, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are weighing up the possibility of signing Mauro Icardi from Galatasaray in the January transfer window.

Icardi, 30, joined Galatasaray in 2022, initially on a loan deal from PSG, with the transfer being made permanent last summer.

The Argentine centre-forward has been a regular source of goals for the Turkish giants and has netted 15 times this term from 20 games across all competitions.

A vastly experienced player at the highest level, Icardi has been linked with Real Madrid on a number of occasions in the past, and now finds himself as a potential subject of interest from them again.

Icardi to Real Madrid? (Photo by Ahmad Mora/Getty Images)

Icardi would cost €15 million

As per the report, Real Madrid could sign Icardi during the January transfer window for a fairly reasonable fee of €15 million.

The fee is unlikely to be much of a challenge for Los Blancos, but it might be a bit far-fetched to imagine them making a move for the former Inter Milan and PSG goalscorer in January, even though the report states that it is a request from manager Ancelotti himself.

Instead, Real Madrid will likely turn to resources from the academy, where players like Nico Paz, Alvaro Rodriguez, and Gonzalo Garcia, are waiting for their chance.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’

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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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