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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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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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