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Real Madrid looking for a player to replace legendary veteran – report

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Following a long break in club football, Real Madrid restarted their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid, banking on a late brace by star player Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman, who has had a frustrating start to the 2022/23 season, scored two goals in quick successions to help Real Madrid seal all three points. Subsequently, he took his season tally to nine goals in all competitions and remains one of the most important players for Los Blancos.

However, according to Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are in the process of finding new players in the market, who can serve as a replacement for Benzema. Although the Spanish journalist did not offer any names, in particular, it is apparent that the club are looking ahead to the future.

Benzema, despite his Ballon d’Or triumph recently, is currently 35 and will not serve for long. His current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and although the forward is expected to renew his contract, Real Madrid must find a suitable successor sooner rather than later.

The Whites have recently invested heavily in Brazilian whizkid Endrick, but the Palmeiras sensation is not eligible to move to Europe until 2024. Even then, there will be doubts as to whether or not the youngster can get to grips with European football.

With that in mind, Real Madrid are keeping tabs on other options in the market. They are among the clubs interested in the services of Erling Haaland, but luring the Norweigian away from Etihad Stadium will be next to impossible at the moment.

Another option for Real Madrid could be Kylian Mbappe, but the PSG superstar is expected to cost a fortune. The club are also reluctant on going back into the market for the Frenchman, who had snubbed a move to the Bernabeu in the summer, in favour of a blockbuster deal at PSG.

Finding the right man to replace Benzema, therefore, is indeed a challenge for Real Madrid as they look to built the foundation for the future attack.

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  1. Pat Grey

    January 5, 2023 at 12:28 am

    Real Madrid must try by all means to find Benzema’s understudy and subsequent replacement before it’s too late. They must do so as early as possible to avoid a goal scoring deficit before the end of the current season and in the next, as Benzema is clearly getting tired now on the pitch.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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