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Real Madrid’s top priority for the summer is to sign a new forward – report



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Over the past few months, it has been constantly speculated that Real Madrid have made the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund their top priority for the summer transfer window.

The England international is seen as the long-term replacement for Luka Modric, who will be turning later 38 this year. While positive talks have been held with the teenager’s camp, Real Madrid are no longer optimistic about his signing as they are unwilling to pay €150 million for him.

Furthermore, The Athletic is reporting that Los Blancos have now made the signing of a new forward as their No. 1 priority for the summer transfer window.

As per the report, Real Madrid want to sign either a new striker or a forward who can play on the right flank so that they can bolster their frontline for the next season.

Karim Benzema, who is expected to renew for one more season, is 35 years old and needs to be managed carefully in light of his recent fitness problems.

So, it makes sense for Real Madrid to want to recruit a new No. 9 in the summer transfer window. There have been links to the likes of Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Richarlison (Tottenham) and more recently Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta).

Carlo Ancelotti has often used Rodrygo centrally this season when Benzema has been unavailable. If the Brazilian is seen as a long-term option in that position, Los Blancos could look for a right-sided attacker, especially with Marco Asensio’s continuity not guaranteed.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman have been some of the names linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid plan to go about things in the summer and whether they prioritise the signing of a new attacker over Bellingham.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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