THE BALL – Real Madrid turn to Luz in search of a replacement for Benzema (Benfica)

After playing a stratospheric season (43 goals and 14 assists in 43 games), Karim Benzema was the star of Real Madrid which this season became champions and reached the Champions League final. However, with the French striker about to turn 35, the You meringues start thinking about succession.

If Erling Haaland ended up moving to Manchester City and Kylian Mbappé is not seen by Spanish officials as a reference in the field (like Vinícius Júnior or Rodrygo), Real Madrid are looking for a young striker who can guarantee quality in coming years. reduced the list to four names, including a Portuguese one.

According to BrandBenfica’s Henrique Araújo caught the eye merengue in the Youth League final, where he made a hat trick against Salzburg (6-0) and is seen as a chance for the future. The 20-year-old striker, we recall, has already played five games with the Eagles first team, having even made his debut on goal against Vizela (1-1).

Besides Henrique Araújo, Real Madrid also have Roko Simic, Salzburg’s top scorer in the Youth Leage group stage, and the best-known Endrick, who enchanted serving for Palmeiras at Copinha, and Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, who became the youngest ever to debut in the Bundesliga, aged 16 years and 1 day.

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