Real Madrid transfer news: Lewandowski shortlisted, Alexis ready to take a pay cut and more
Lewandowski to replace Benzema
Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski has made a 3-man shortlist for Real Madrid's transfer targets next season, according to reports from Diario Gol.
Lewandowski, along with Paulo Dybala and surprisingly Marcus Rashford, is the front-runner to sign for Real Madrid as Karim Benzema's time at the club nears an end.
Benzema, 29, is currently nursing an injury and has been ruled out for up to 4 weeks. Given his lack of form in recent seasons, the Frenchman could be sold next summer with Lewandowski eyed as the potential replacement.
Alexis ready to force a move to Real Madrid
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has made it clear to the club that he wants to quit Premier League and join Real Madrid in January, reports Don Balon.
Manchester City had made a £60m bid for Alexis, however, Arsenal's failure in signing Thomas Lemar saw Alexis stay at Emirates but he did not agree to extend his contract.
Arsenal could see the Chilean superstar leave for free next summer and thus are willing to negotiate a January deal with Real Madrid.
According to Don Balon, Alexis is even ready to take a pay cut to force a move through as he has been offered a starting XI role by the Los Blancos amid Gareth Bale's uncertain future.
Carvajal and Asensio to extend contracts
Following Isco and Marcelo's contract extensions, Real Madrid are now planning to renew contracts for 2 of their key players, Marco Asensio, and Dani Carvajal.
Carvajal has been the number 1 right-back for Zidane and despite his contract running out in 2020, Real Madrid want to be certain of his long-term stay and could extend his contract until 2022.
Then comes Marco Asensio, who already has made a huge impression during the brief 12-month spell at the club. Real want to increase Asensio's salary and could include a hefty release clause on Asensio's contract to prevent another situation like Neymar's controversial move to PSG.
Earlier in the week, both Isco and Marcelo penned new deals which will see the duo stay at Santiago Bernabeu until 2022. Zidane is keen to work with the current crop of players and form a strong nucleus for many seasons to follow.