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Real Madrid shortlist strikers to replace Karim Benzema

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has reportedly received a contract offer from a Saudi Arabia-based club Al-Ittihad.

The two-year deal is worth around €200 million and would leave Madrid needing a replacement if he decides to leave the Bernabeu Stadium.

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

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign a striker as his team 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.

They also like Victor Osimhen, but he will be too expensive. Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis is also a tough negotiator.

Madrid are keeping tabs on Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and have other more cost-effective strikers on their shortlist including Espanyol’s Joselu.

They are also considering Roberto Firmino who is available on a free transfer this summer.

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 recently spoke to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and asked him to sign 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 wants to return to his natural position in midfield.

Right-back Alvaro Odriozola will likely leave the club this summer for game time after barely playing this season, while Dani Carvajal needs replacing.

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