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Real Madrid shortlist strikers to replace Karim Benzema

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema reportedly has an offer from a Saudi Arabia-based club Al-Ittihad. They offered him a two-year contract worth around €200 million.

The 35-year-old is studying the offer, and if he decides to leave, Los Blancos will need a replacement.

Even if Benzema stays, the club needs a centre-forward to compete with him for the starting spot.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign a striker. They struggled when the former France international was out with injuries.

According to The Athletic, Ancelotti’s first choice is Harry Kane. He is a massive admirer of the Englishman.

The 14-time Champions League winners like him but don’t want to spend a massive sum to take him from Tottenham Hotspur.

They know that dealing with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be an easy task either.

Also, they like Victor Osimhen, but, like Kane, he will be too expensive. There will also be a notoriously-difficult club president to negotiate with.

Real Madrid have other cost-effective strikers on their shortlist. They have an eye on Espanyol’s Joselu.

However, they are keenly looking at Roberto Firmino. The fact that he will be a free agent this summer is appealing. So is his versatility.

In addition, Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez. They want more information regarding the Argentine striker.

The season is not over, but the Copa del Rey winners are already planning for the next campaign. They are close to signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.

Ancelotti reportedly spoke to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. He asked for a striker and two full-backs.

The Italian manager has used Eduardo Camavinga as a left-back with Ferland Mendy out with niggling injuries. Camavinga, a midfielder, wants to return to his natural position.

Also, right-back Alvaro Odriozola will likely leave the club this summer for game time. He barely played this season.

Dani Carvajal is no more the astute right-back he once was. Real Madrid will be in the market for a new right-back.

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