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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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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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