Real Madrid are heading into the early mid-season hiatus second in the league table and with a desperate need to upgrade their ranks.
As part of their plans to strengthen the squad, Jorge Picon claims that the club are keeping an eye on forwards in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. It appears the club are keen on securing the services of a new frontman that can complement the current set of attackers.
Real Madrid sports management has been keeping track of the market for a long time. But they have not found anything conclusive in the market, and as such, they are keeping their eyes on the World Cup.
One of the players Real Madrid are keeping an eye on is Christopher Nkunku. A top performer at RB Leipzig, the Frenchman has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence over the past year and a half. He is also expected to play a key role for his nation in the World Cup.
With 64 goals and 51 assists for Leipzig, Nkunku’s performances have not gone unnoticed by Real Madrid, who are eyeing him as the ideal attacking partner for the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.
However, the report suggests Nkunku is already in advanced talks with Chelsea over a potential move to Stamford Bridge. And unless there is no surprise twist, the Blues are likely to wrap up the signing of the Leipzig superstar.
Real Madrid, therefore, are looking for other alternatives in the market. The upcoming World Cup should give many players the platform to perform at the highest level of football, with Los Blancos closely monitoring the forwards, in particular.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.