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Real Madrid will activate the buy option for veteran forward this summer

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Real Madrid lost Karim Benzema in the summer of last year but opted not to sign a top-level replacement for the French superstar.

Instead, the only striker who came through the doors at Valdebebas was Joselu, who arrived on a season-long loan deal from RCD Espanyol.

The 34-year-old’s loan deal cost €500,000 and included a permanent purchase option for a fee worth €1.5 million.

Real Madrid will activate the buy option

Now, journalist Patrick Berger reports that Real Madrid intend to retain Joselu for another season at the club by triggering the buy option in the deal with Espanyol.

Joselu likely to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Joselu has enjoyed a brilliant season back at Real Madrid, and has chipped in with crucial goals throughout the campaign, none more so than his brace in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The veteran Spaniard has scored 17 goals in all competitions while registering three assists as well.

Everyone at Real Madrid is very happy with how the striker has done this season and are keen on keeping him around for next season.

There has been interest in Joselu from Manchester United as well as clubs from Saudi Arabia.

But it appears that Joselu will continue at Real Madrid for one more year, although with Kylian Mbappe and Endrick set to arrive, competition for places will be extremely high.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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