Earlier this morning, reports came out of Italy suggesting Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic wants to join Real Madrid in this ongoing January transfer window.
The Serbian forward has netted many goals at Juventus since joining the club a year ago. But his time in Turin could come to an early end, thanks to the club’s ongoing problems in Serie A, where they are dawdling on the wrong half of the league table.
Juventus have been deducted 15 points due to the handling of the transfers and are currently 13th in the table, meaning they are now running the risk of missing out on Champions League football next season.
This has led to Vlahovic demanding an exit from Juve and it appears the forward is keen on joining Real Madrid. This claim has been confirmed by Libertad Digital, who suggest that the 23-year-old has informed his agent that he wants to become the main striker for the Whites.
However, the report goes on to confirm that Real Madrid have no intention to exercise the offer to sign Vlahovic. Although they are in desperate need of a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, they are not interested in signing a player in the winter transfer window.
The club favour waiting until the summer transfer window before committing to an individual. This is partly because Real Madrid are focusing on player contracts this month. They are also aware of the fact that there might be many more options in the summer, with a host of star players running out of contract.
Another key reason behind their rejection of Juventus’ Vlahovic is that the Serbian is expected to cost a fortune. As such, the Whites are not interested in making a move and are more than willing to deploy Rodygo as the main alternative for Benzema during the second half of the campaign.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.