Real Madrid want Rafael Leao to replace Benzema

The summer transfer window is closed for the big leagues in Europe. But looking ahead to January, there are a lot of rumors circulating about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest in rumours, rumours, comings, goings and of course deals done!

TOP STORY: Real Madrid want to replace injured Karim Benzema with Rafael Leao to compete for LaLiga

According to Sport, Real Madrid believe they need a replacement for Karim Benzema to be able to challenge Barcelona for the LaLiga title this season.

Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly convinced Florentino Perez to bring in attacking reinforcements this January as he believes it would be difficult for his side to compete with Barcelona without a replacement for Benzema, Sport reports.

The 34-year-old France international has been eliminated from the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has struggled with injuries and managed just four Champions League games this season. The Catalan side currently sit two points clear at the top of the LaLiga table and head into the World Cup break as the Italy coach searches for a backup striker.

Los Blancos Rafael is reportedly considering Leao as the 23-year-old is unwilling to sign a new contract with AC Milan.

The Portuguese international’s contract expires in the summer of 2024 and he is about to move to Bayern Munich Rossoneri reluctant to lose him on a free transfer.

It’s reported that Internazionale’s Lautaro Martinez is also considered an option.

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PAPER GOSSIP

Kim Minjae will not leave Napoli in January, reports Fabrizio Romano. The 26-year-old centre-back, who is out of contract this summer, will end the season with the Azzurri. The Serie A leaders are preparing a new deal for the South Korea international along with the 21-year-old winger Khvicha Kvaracheliawith both set to get a new deal in 2023.

– AC Milan are considering Lyons Houssem Auar, after Calciomercato. That Rossoneri is said to be interested in signing the 24-year-old midfielder on a free transfer this summer as the France international decided not to renew his contract Les Gones. He has started in Ligue 1 in his six appearances for Laurent Blanc’s side.

– Juventus are preparing for the move Cher Ndour, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The 18-year-old midfielder is out of contract with Benfica this summer Bianconeri hope that his idol Paul Pogba will lure a move to Turin. It is reported that the Serie A side see Italy U20 as the heir of the 29-year-old midfielder.

– AC Milan have their eye on the highly rated Fenerbahce teenager Arda Guler, after Rudy Galetti. The 17-year-old midfielder is reportedly admired by top European clubs, particularly in Germany and Spain. However, it is understood that the Süper Lig side have no intention of letting the Turkey international go and it would take a sizeable bid to lure the teenager away from Istanbul.

– Sporting CP is interested in Botafogo’s Patrick from Paula, to Ekrem Konur. The Portuguese are eyeing the 23-year-old midfielder, who is the Brazilian club’s club record following his €6m move from Palmerias in March.

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4806927/transfer-talk-real-madrid-want-rafael-leao-replace-benzema Real Madrid want Rafael Leao to replace Benzema

Emma Bowman

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