Real Madrid are ready to make multiple moves in the summer transfer market, hoping to bring in multiple forwards to reinforce the attack after the exits of Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard.
All four of the players are leaving Santiago Bernabeu for free this summer, which leaves Carlo Ancelotti and co. with just Brazilian duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo remaining in the squad as frontline options.
Madrid have a few options on their radar to add depth to the attack, including Roberto Firmino, Harry Kane, Joselu, Victor Osimhen, and interestingly, Chelsea’s Kai Havertz.
The German has been rather underwhelming after his move from Bayer Leverkusen to the Premier League, but Madrid consider him their ‘dream’ player, as per previous reports. The move is imminent.
His price tag, according to a report by Florian Plettenberg, is around €50-60 million, plus bonuses. Chelsea are open to letting him leave this summer as he is not expected to renew his contract after 2025.
Real Madrid have been tracking Havertz from his Leverkusen days, and were interested in signing him before he moved to Chelsea.
Madrid do not consider him to be a striker, though, but a player who operates between the lines. They also rate his diversity highly, especially now that multiple players across their attack have decided to leave the club.
He will, by no means, be the only forward Madrid sign, though. They are already in advanced talks to sign Joselu, who will operate as a backup striker – the role Mariano Diaz was expected to perform.
Their priority to replace Benzema is Harry Kane, who will cost upwards of €100 million. Tottenham Hotspur are not ready to sell the Englishman to domestic rivals, though, and will be open to negotiate the price with Madrid.
Madrid fans could be in for a Galactico summer.
Atletico Madrid CEO lashes out at Real Madrid: “They cheat the competition”
Locking horns in what is invariably perceived as an intense affair, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid concluded their most recent clash with controversy enshrouding the result.
Diego Simeone’s cavalry came out on top with a 3-1 win, but the reactions by both sides after the game implied a sense of bad blood, which appears to be an ongoing matter.
The Merengues expressed their displeasure with some of the referee’s decisions during their Real Madrid TV broadcast, highlighting the ‘blatant errors’ they felt referee Javier Alberola Rojas and the VAR had committed.
However, in response to the allegations, Atletico Madrid CEO has retaliated with his own accusations, not holding back against Real Madrid.
Gil Marin accuses Madrid of cheating
As per MARCA, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin believes that the Real Madrid-related media atmosphere is exerting pressure on the referee teams for the upcoming games.
“Real Madrid cheats the competition. They create unbearable pressure on the referees. The arguments they use are funny but very serious and directly affect the competition,” he boldly exclaimed.
Real Madrid pointed out a bucketload of errors made by the referee on Madrid TV, including goals that should not have stood and violations that warranted sending-offs.
Even so, Gil Marin has not taken these assertions lightly and privately mocked the actions of Real Madrid’s claims.
“They are fanatics. They know that if they do not say these types of things, they would quickly lose their jobs,” he said.
Moreover, he alluded to the instance of Jude Bellingham’s tackle on Angel Correa in the dying embers of the game and how the narrative would have been vastly different if the roles were reversed.
“We wouldn’t be talking about anything else [had that happened],” he concluded.