Real Madrid have been struck with huge news in the last few hours as Karim Benzema’s future has been put under a cloud of doubt. The Frenchman, free in the summer, is now closer to leaving the club than renewing his contract.
Benzema has been offered a mammoth €200 million two-year contract from Al-Ittihad, and is seriously considering it. The contract also includes image rights, advertising money, and social work.
As such, Madrid will have to work overtime to look to reinforce their forward line ahead of next summer. With Mariano Diaz also leaving, they will be without a natural striker should Benzema not continue.
They are, however, close to signing Espanyol’s Joselu, as per a report by Sergio Santos. He will serve as Mariano’s backup in the squad.
If nothing goes wrong at this point, he would be the first signing for the club once the season officially calls curtains next weekend.
Joselu has a clause in his Espanyol contract that helps facilitate his transfer in case of relegation. With the Catalan outfit now officially back in the Segunda Division, the Spaniard could be on the move.
Real Madrid have almost completely closed the signing of Fran Garcia already, who is set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of his season. Joselu’s announcement could follow, after next week, as the club prioritising focusing on the league, hoping to finish second.
Should Benzema call it quits on his time at Madrid, though, the club are expected to go after another striker in the summer. Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane are among names being considered, but each with problems of their own.
The Brazilian wants to know about his fit in the team before making an official decision on his future, while the Englishman will carry a huge price tag.
Real Madrid midfield prodigy on the verge of signing a contract renewal – Romano
In a big development, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Real Madrid midfield sensation Eduardo Camavinga is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club.
The French international has been at the club since 2021, when he was signed from Rennes, and has grown into a vital member of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.
Camavinga’s performances over the past year have been tremendous and the Frenchman is now one of the permanent fixtures in midfield even ahead of veterans like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos this season.
Only final details pending
Camavinga’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2027, but the club have been working on offering him a new deal for a while now.
And now, Romano is reporting that the 20-year-old midfield prodigy is on the cusp of penning a renewal, with only the final details of the agreement left to be ironed out.
Camavinga’s new contract is set to come with a wage increase as well as a release clause as Real Madrid wish to ‘protect’ the player and avoid overtures from other clubs.
Key for the present and the future
Romano further outlines that Real Madrid see Camavinga as a key part of the club’s plans for the present and the future.
The 20-year-old midfield sensation loves the Merengues and the club too loves the young talent who has made rapid strides in the time that he has been there.
Some other reports in Spain suggest that Camavinga’s agent is already in the capital city to finalise the renewal agreement.
So, as things stand, Camavinga is set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid with a bigger salary and release clause.
The 20-year-old will form the core of the team for the present and the future along with fellow youngsters like Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo Goes, among others.