While Carlo Ancelotti recently said that Real Madrid’s transfer business for the summer was all wrapped up, that might not exactly be the case.
According to a report from Cadena SER, Real Madrid could enter the market for reinforcements depending on the exits from the club before the transfer window closes.
Borja Mayoral is closing in on a transfer to Getafe, while Mariano Diaz is also heavily linked with an exit this summer. With Luka Jovic already leaving for Fiorentina, Los Blancos would be left with no viable backup for Karim Benzema in the No. 9 role.
There had been plans to use Eden Hazard in the ‘false nine’ role, but as per the report, the Belgian has not entirely convinced in a central role. So, before the transfer window closes, Real Madrid will dip their toes into the market for a new centre-forward.
The report further sheds light on the profile of the striker that the current Spanish and European champions are seeking.
It is claimed that Ancelotti’s side will want an experienced player who is around 30 years old and can guarantee at least 10-12 goals per season from a substitute role.
The report does not mention if Los Merengues already have any player in their minds and it will be interesting to see who they go after.
Real Madrid have made just two signings this summer, bringing in Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer and then splashing the cash on Aurelien Tchouameni. Kylian Mbappe had been one of Florentino Perez’s top targets but the Frenchman signed a new contract with PSG.
Missing out on the Frenchman, coupled with the impending exits of Mayoral and Mariano have forced Real into action for another striker.
Youngster Juanmi Latasa could be an option, but given his lack of experience, there is no guarantee that he can deliver on the 10-12 goals per season objective. So, as things stand, Real Madrid could go shopping for an attacker before the window closes.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.