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Real Madrid unwilling to spend €60 million plus add-ons on versatile Chelsea forward

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As we head into the summer transfer window, Real Madrid are left with just two senior forwards on their books in the form of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes.

With Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz all leaving, it goes without saying that the Merengues need to replenish their attacking unit in the summer as a matter of utmost priority.

To that end, they have identified Chelsea ace Kai Havertz as one of the main targets. The 23-year-old is a versatile operator who can play in multiple positions in the final third of the pitch, which makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid.

However, the operation to sign Havertz is understood to have stalled of late.

Fabrizio Romano has come up with an update on the matter, stating that while Real Madrid continue to hold an interest in the German international, they see his valuation of €60 million plus add-ons as expensive.

As such, they are not willing to meet those figures, which has led to the move not progressing at the moment.

Havertz signed for Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020. In 139 appearances for the Blues, he has a return of 32 goals and 15 assists, with the match-winning goal in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City being his most notable achievement.

The German international finished with just nine goals in close to 50 appearances this past season. So, it is natural for Real Madrid to have aspersions about shelling out €60 million plus add-ons on his signing at a time when they are looking to strengthen other positions as well.

Only time will tell whether there is any progress made on this front or if the Merengues decide to completely abandon their pursuit of Havertz.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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