Real Madrid recorded a stunning victory against Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Karim Benzema scored another outstanding hat-trick to help coach Carlo Ancelotti’s quarters take a huge advantage at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, Los Blancos remain confident of signing Kylian Mbappe this summer. Elsewhere, Arsenal are interested in Gareth Bale.
On that note, here’s a look at the top Real Madrid transfer stories as of April 7, 2022:
Real Madrid confident of signing Kylian Mbappe
Real Madrid are confident of securing Kylian Mbappe’s services this summer, according to 90 Min.
Recent reports have claimed that the Frenchman is close to turning around and signing an extension with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The 23-year-old’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
Mbappe enjoyed a steady rise to stardom at the Parc des Princes. Widely considered among the best players in the world at the moment, the Frenchman has been in fine form again this season. The 23-year-old has scored 28 goals in 38 appearances so far. Los Blancos have been on his heels for quite some time now.
The La Liga giants failed in their bid to land him away from Paris last summer. Their gargantuan offer of €200m was turned down by the Parisians. Mbappe is yet to sign a new deal, sparking speculation over his future. Real Madrid are expected to get him back in a transfer from Bosman this summer.
However, there has been another twist in the story in recent weeks. French President Emmanuel Macron and the Emir of Qatar were personally involved in contract negotiations. This would have helped tip the balance in favor of PSG.
Despite the developments, Los Blancos remain confident of having their man at the end of the season. Mbappe is the number one target for the Spanish giants this year, and they are confident he will end up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Arsenal interested in Gareth Bale
Arsenal are interested in Gareth Bale, according to The Hard Tackle via Fichajes. The Welshman enjoyed great success at the Santiago Bernabeu in the past but hasn’t been in his element this season.
He has struggled to penetrate Carlo Ancelotti’s plans so far. The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and there are no contract negotiations on the horizon. Real Madrid are eager to get his exorbitant salary off their books, and the Gunners are plotting to lure him to the Emirates.
Manager Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for a new wide forward this summer, with Nicolas Pepe likely to leave the club. The Spaniard has included Bale among his shortlisted candidates for the job.
However, getting his services might not be easy as his astronomical salaries might be a problem. The Welshman might also be reluctant to ruin his relationship with Tottenham Hotspur by moving to the Emirates.
Karim Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or, according to Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has backed Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or this year. The Frenchman has been in exceptional form so far and has been the driving force behind Los Blancos’ rise in the current campaign.
Speaking to BT Sport, relayed by Marca, the Englishman said that Benzema is currently the best number nine in the world.
“They should already write Karim Benzema’s name on the next Ballon d’Or. It’s end of business and he keeps scoring. He took Real Madrid top of the league [in LaLiga Santander]. They fly and he is the talisman,” Ferdinand said.
“When Cristiano Ronaldo was there he had the humility to sit back because he knew what the team needed, but now he has stepped out of the shadows. He is 34 years old and that is the best No.9 in the world. He’s on another level. He has goals, assists, link-up play, he can slow down the game…” Ferdinand said.
Benzema has scored 36 times in all competitions this season.