Real Madrid refuse to cool down their hunt for a new striker despite Karim Benzema’s cryptic words yesterday. The prolific goalscorer’s departure is far from completion, but Los Blancos prefer to err on the side of caution.
Tomas Gonzalez Martin brings to the fore some of the candidates best placed to join Carlo Ancelotti’s squad this summer. One of the names on the aforementioned list is of Kai Havertz.
A source close to Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has reportedly confirmed the news of the club’s interest in the German. Havertz would be delighted to wear the white colours next season, and negotiations between Real Madrid and Chelsea are yet to begin.
The 23-year-old’s name comes as a surprise inclusion on the Merengues’ list, considering that he has not particularly performed well during his Chelsea stint.
The German has failed to hit the ten-goal mark in any of his three seasons in the Premier League, netting four, eight, and most recently, seven across his tenure so far.
The youngster’s contract at Chelsea runs until the summer of 2025, and it is safe to say that he will not come cheap. However, the London-based side are under pressure to sell players after last summer’s spending spree and could be open to bargaining.
In 35 Premier League appearances for the Blues, Havertz has scored seven goals and assisted one. He averages 1.1 key passes per game and created five big chances.
His speculated move to Santiago Bernabeu could be on a permanent transfer or a loan. In either case, he would be a solid option for Ancelotti next season, especially given Marco Asensio’s near-confirmed departure and the urgent need for a new signing.
Havertz, too, would love to join Real Madrid, and will not pass up on the chance should los blancos come calling.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.