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Real Madrid prioritising a new striker in the summer amid Benzema’s struggles

Real Madrid are planning to invest in a new centre-forward this summer, according to Cadena SER.

With Los Blancos currently working tirelessly to sign top midfield target Jude Bellingham, a new striker could also arrive in the summer.

Karim Benzema’s slight dip in form this season and fitness issues have prevented him from showing the exceptional levels he reached during previous seasons.

Although he has netted 19 goals this season, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is not quite the force of old.

The 35-year-old has also incurred criticism for his substandard display in the recent El Clasico defeat, during which he failed to make his presence felt.

With Benzema entering the twilight of his career, doubts have emerged over whether he can return to his best.

The former Lyon striker’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires this summer, but there is an agreement in place over a one-year extension.

Madrid signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras in an expensive deal with a view to making the Brazilian the future successor to Benzema.

However, the 16-year-old will only move to Bernabeu in 2024 when he turns 18.

Rodrygo Goes has become an integral player for Carlo Ancelotti, coming up with the goods playing in different positions in the attack.

Although the Brazilian’s preferred position is on the flanks, he has played several games through the middle and shown plenty of quality.

Ancelotti had previously pointed out that Rodrygo’s best position is centre-forward. The 22-year-old has the potential to become Benzema’s successor in the long run.

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