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Real Madrid set to sign 33-year-old striker on a free loan deal – report

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With Real Madrid on the lookout to reinforce their frontline this summer, MARCA is reporting that the Spanish capital giants are close to signing RCD Espanyol striker Joselu.

As per the report, the signing of Joselu will be on a season-long loan deal with no fee involved and the club would only have to bear his full wages.

This is thanks to a special clause that exists in the 33-year-old’s contract with Espanyol according to which he can leave the club on loan if they are relegated from La Liga.

Joselu is no stranger to Real Madrid having spent three years on the club’s books between 2009 and 2012. During that time, the centre-forward even made two senior appearances and netted two goals.

With Real Madrid set to bid goodbye to Mariano Diaz when his contract expires at the end of the season, there will be no backup for Karim Benzema in the squad.

Hence, the Merengues have moved swiftly to all but secure Joselu’s signing. The 33-year-old Spanish international has had a fine season in La Liga despite Espanyol’s struggles, netting 16 goals in 34 appearances.

He would be more than a handy backup to have for manager Carlo Ancelotti. However, Real Madrid’s striker hunt will not stop with Joselu’s arrival.

Amidst speculations that Benzema could be on his way to Saudi Arabia, another top-quality centre-forward is being sought as a possible replacement for the club captain.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur appears to be the favourite option but some within the club are reluctant to spend big on a striker this year as they would prefer to sign one of Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024.

So, it remains to be seen which way Real Madrid decide to go. But, for now, what appears certain is Joselu is set to seal a return to his former club, even if it would be on a season-long loan deal.

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“Heartbreaking” – Real Madrid superstar reacts to Euro 2024 final loss to Spain

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Jude Bellingham’s Euro 2024 campaign came to a heartbreaking end as England slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Spain in the final.

Bellingham was one of the better players for England in what was a hard-fought affair at the Olympiastadion. However, the Real Madrid star was not able to get his team over the line, with England conceding a late winner from Mikel Oyarzabal.

Jude Bellingham on Euros defeat

Bellingham was visibly disappointed at the result and was seen storming off the pitch and even kicking a drinks cooler in frustration.

Speaking to a press after the defeat, Bellingham expressed his thoughts, calling it a ‘heartbreaking result’.

“We all wanted nothing more than to make history and make people of England proud but we didn’t deliver. Going forward we will analyze it, it’s a young group,” he said (h/t Daily Mail).

Heartbreaking end to Euro 2024 campaign for Bellingham (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bellingham was indeed one of the more important players for an England side, which was criticised by many for their underwhelming performances

However, the Real Madrid star also looked at the positive. “It’s disappointing because we have to deliver at some point but there are things we can take from this,” he said.

“As a team, we will take the positives and negatives and we have to find a way to get it over the line,” the midfielder added.

While the defeat to Spain was certainly a blow for young Bellingham, the Englishman can hold his head up high, as he is coming on the back of a tremendous campaign that saw him secure the La Liga and the Champions League title.

For now, Bellingham will be looking forward to an extended summer break, before shifting his focus back to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

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