Real Madrid are reportedly exploring the possibility of landing Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as a potential replacement for Karim Benzema.
Spanish publication Don Balon are in with another update on the forward situation at Real Madrid. Los Blancos are set to lose Karim Benzema in the current transfer market. And the club is looking at the possibility of replacing the Frenchman with Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.
Karim Benzema is tipped to join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli. While the details of the deal are being worked out by Real Madrid and Napoli, the European champions are looking at different world-class targets to replace the seasoned customer.
Real Madrid’s frontline could be in for a makeover. Benzema is not the only one on his way out of the club. Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be on the cusp of joining the Frenchman in Serie A, with the global icon nearing a switch to Juventus.
There are many targets on Real Madrid’s radar, with the club plotting a double swoop from PSG for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. But, the duo are wide attackers, which still leaves the prospect of replacing Benzema upfront. Mauro Icardi has thus, re-emerged as an option.
Mauro Icardi has always had a mixed relationship with the Inter Milan ultras. Most of Icardi’s talking has been done on the pitch, with the Argentine boasting a record of 107 goals and 23 assists in 182 games for the club. The striker has not just finished two of the seasons with Inter Milan as the top scorer, but has also been rewarded with the captain’s armband by the club.
Icardi did sign a contract extension in 2016 in a deal that runs till 2021. But, there have been many rumours linking him to a move away from Italy. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United were all considered as potential destinations for the striker.
Real Madrid though, could move for the 25-year-old in the present transfer window. Los Blancos are out to replace Benzema, with Harry Kane touted to be the primary target for the club. Mauro Icardi though, has been strutting his stuff at the top level for far longer than Kane and is thought to be more experienced to lead the Real Madrid frontline.
With Inter Milan one of the clubs interested in Mateo Kovacic, Real Madrid are expecting to lower down the club’s €110 million valuation of Icardi by offering the services of the Croatian midfielder as part of the deal. This could also hand Madrid the advantage, should other clubs also decide to move in for the Argentine.
Icardi is long due a big move. The player has been tipped to join Real Madrid several times. This instance though, could be the lucky charm.