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Real Madrid will sign another striker if Mbappe does not arrive – report



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A lot has been speculated about Real Madrid’s approach in the upcoming summer transfer window. Following the surprise departure of Karim Benzema to Saudi Arabia, the Merengues have been left without a focal point in their attack.

Even though Joselu has been signed on a season-long loan deal, there have been talks that the Spanish capital heavyweights will look to rope in a superstar striker to fill the void left by their former captain.

Names such as Harry Kane (Tottenham), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), and Victor Osimhen (Napoli), have all been mentioned as possible targets.

However, ever since Kylian Mbappe announced that he will not renew his PSG contract beyond 2024, all of Real Madrid’s focus has been diverted to the Frenchman.

It is no secret that the 24-year-old French superstar is a player that club president Florentino Perez loves. Los Blancos have made two attempts to sign Mbappe and failed in the past, but are closely watching his situation now as PSG want to sell him this summer if he does not renew.

As such, reports suggested that Real Madrid do not plan to sign any other striker this summer. They would wait for Mbappe, either this year or next year when he becomes a free agent.

But according to a fresh report from Romain Molina, that is not the case and Real Madrid will indeed look to bring in a different centre-forward if Mbappe does not join the club in the summer transfer window.

The report adds that Perez is in direct contact with Mbappe and is waiting for a decision from the 24-year-old, who has publicly maintained that he wishes to stay in Paris. If that does not change, Los Blancos intend to go for a different striker in the summer.

Given the influence that Benzema had on the team, it goes without saying that Real Madrid cannot hope to fill his shoes with just Joselu. And while youngsters like Iker Bravo and Alvaro Rodriguez can be options, they do not have the requisite experience at the highest level.

As such, it makes sense for Perez & co. to rope in a new forward this summer, be it Mbappe or someone else.

It has been suggested that Los Blancos have concerns about Kane’s age and price tag, but he would be the best candidate to replace Benzema at the club.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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