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Real Madrid tracking 14-goal Bundesliga striker, asking price makes move difficult



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Within the coming days, Real Madrid are expected to announce the contract extension of Karim Benzema, along with two veteran midfielders in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

But despite the continuity of Benzema, there is a clear intention from the Real Madrid board to go after a striker this summer. The club have been linked with various strikers across Europe, including Dusan Vlahovic and Richarlison.

According to Diario AS, one of the players Real Madrid are keeping tabs on is Randal Kolo Muani. The Eintracht Frankfurt starlet has emerged as one of the best performers in the Bundesliga this season after joining from Nantes last summer.

In 31 league matches, Muani has racked up 14 goals and 13 assists – making him one of the most productive players in the German top-flight.

Muani has also scored six goals in the DFB Pokal, helping Eintracht secure a spot in the final, where they will take on RB Leipzig. He was also part of the French team that reached the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup last year.

The Frenchman is a versatile striker, who can operate as a winger if necessary. He can offer both productivity and creativity in the final third, which should make him a valuable asset for coach Carlo Ancelotti.

However, luring Kolo Muani to Madrid could be a tricky task for Los Blancos. The striker has a contract until 2027, with Eintracht valuing him at around €65 million.

With Real Madrid likely to go after either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland in 2024, it is unlikely they would want to spend such a fortune on Kolo Muani, knowing he may eventually fall behind in the pecking order.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

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Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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