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Real Madrid waiting for Chelsea to reduce €60 million forward’s price – report

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The first 72 hours after the announcement of Karim Benzema’s departure were chaotic in Madrid. The offices at Santiago Bernabeu were pressed to work around the clock as they attempted to find a new striker who could replace the Ballon d’Or winner.

Just over a week later, the situation is drastically different. The topic of Real Madrid’s hunt for a new forward mysteriously appears to have gone under the radar.

Earlier today, Fabrizio Romano, via Amp, released information regarding one of Los Blancos‘ speculated targets, Kai Havertz, and an update on the negotiations.

The Italian journalist states that Real Madrid are still interested in the young German. However, they stand firm on their valuation of the player and are unwilling to pay the money that Chelsea demand.

The London-based side are said to expect €60 million, exclusive of bonuses for their attacking star, but Florentino Perez disagrees with the valuation.

Nevertheless, the possibility of the move materialising should not be discarded, and there is still time in the window for Chelsea to rethink their approach.

The Blues are under pressure to sell big this summer after their spending spree last year. Given their need to generate revenue from player sales, it is possible that they come down on their valuation of the star.

Havertz would add a new dimension to the Real Madrid attack with his unique profile. Yet, he is far from the central striker that Los Blancos direly require.

Florentino Perez also wishes to err on the side of caution this summer and spend judiciously. After all, it is his dream to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

Keeping all the restrictions in mind, it is unlikely for Real Madrid to spend another chunk of their allowance on an attacking midfielder. After all, there are positions in direr need of reinforcement.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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