Real Madrid transfer news roundup: Carlo Ancelotti wants AC Milan in January; Los Blancos initiate contact with Bayern Munich defender, and more

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Real Madrid remain on track to repeat their recent success under Carlo Ancelotti this season. The Italian manager took his side to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 and within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona after 14 games.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti wants Los Blancos to target an AC Milan striker in January. Elsewhere, the Spanish giants are in contact with a Bayern Munich defender over a possible transfer next year.

On that note, here’s a look at the top Real Madrid transfer stories as of November 20, 2022:

Carlo Ancelotti wants Rafael Leao in January

Rafael Leao has admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu.Rafael Leao has admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Rafael Leao has admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carlo Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to sign Rafael Leao this winter, according to SPORT via Madrid Universal.

The Italian manager is eager to bring in a new No.9 to address Karim Benzema’s injury problems. The French striker has enjoyed a brilliant 2021-22 season but has struggled to stay fit this campaign.

The 34-year-old was selected in the France squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup but has now been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

🚨 Real Madrid want Rafael Leao to replace Karim Benzema to challenge Barcelona for La Liga. @sport #rmlive 🇵🇹 ⭐️

Los Blancos have also suffered in his absence, and Ancelotti wants to alleviate the situation at the start of the year.

The Italian has identified Leao as the ideal candidate to strengthen Madrid’s attack. The Portuguese striker’s arrival could help end the La Liga giants’ overreliance on Benzema as they seek to rival Barcelona for the championship.

Real Madrid have already shortlisted several players they will be watching at the World Cup, and Leao is also on the list. The 23-year-old has seven goals and nine assists in 20 games in all competitions for the Rossoneri this season.

Real Madrid make contact with Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard is wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu.Benjamin Pavard is wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Benjamin Pavard is wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have made contact with Benjamin Pavard, according to SPORT via The Real Champs.

The French full-back is said to be unstable at Bayern Munich, with his contract due to expire in 2024. He is yet to sign an extension and could be available on a cut-price deal next summer. Madrid have already been in touch with the player’s entourage to establish some groundwork ahead of a possible transfer.

Los Blancos have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in the right-back position but both players are on the wrong side of 30. Alvaro Odriozola’s future is up in the air with the Spaniard set to leave next year. There have also been question marks over Ferland Mendy’s future. Under such circumstances, Pavard could be a superb addition to the team.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have contacted Benjamin Pavard. It looks like it will be a battle. [sport] #fcblive 🇬🇧🇬🇧💣💣

Barcelona and Real Madrid have contacted Benjamin Pavard. It looks like it will be a battle. [sport] #fcblive 🇬🇧💣

The 26-year-old is adept at operating on both flanks and has been impressive for the Bavarians. The Frenchman has 140 appearances for the Bundesliga giants and has scored nine goals. Real Madrid, however, could face competition from Barcelona for his signature.

Fabrizio Romano provides update on Los Blancos pursuit of Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham is likely to start a bidding war next year.Jude Bellingham is likely to start a bidding war next year.
Jude Bellingham is likely to start a bidding war next year.

Renowned transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given an update on Los Blancos’ pursuit of Jude Bellingham.

The English midfielder has become one of the best in his position at Borussia Dortmund. Los Blancos are hot on the 19-year-old’s heels as they look to build a midfielder for the future.

Recent reports have suggested that the La Liga giants are reluctant to match the Bundesliga side’s asking price for Bellingham. However, in his column for Caught Offside, Romano said the Englishman’s valuation is yet to be fixed.

“I’ve seen the claim that Real Madrid are not prepared to pay Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for Jude Bellingham, but here is my understanding of the situation. … There is no asking price yet for Bellingham,” Romano said.

He continued:

“It will be decided in 2023. Real Madrid will be in the race alongside Liverpool, Manchester City and also Chelsea for Bellingham; it is not yet time to negotiate with Borussia Dortmund; that will happen in 2023. Contacts are only on the player’s side at the moment, so I wouldn’t like to read too much what the club’s demands might be at the moment, because that will be decided later.

Bellingham has appeared 22 times in Borussia Dortmund’s competitions this season, registering nine goals and three assists.

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