Ancelotti Wants Manchester United Forward At Real Madrid In January

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Real Madrid remain interested in signing a new striker at the earliest opportunity, despite Karim Benzema leading the goal-scoring charts amongst Europe’s top five leagues.

Carlo Ancelotti wants another option in attack, as there aren’t any other reliable goal-scoring alternatives to Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Kylian Mbappe has always been seen as the priority signing to lead Real’s attack for years to come, but Paris Saint-Germain’s reluctance to let him leave last summer meant Ancelotti could only strengthen his midfield with the inclusion of Eduardo Camavinga going into the new campaign.

The Ligue 1 giants are likely to maintain their stance in January, meaning Mbappe will only be able to move to the Spanish capital next summer on a free transfer.

As such, Real reportedly want a stop-gap signing in the winter window, and have apparently earmarked Edinson Cavani as the ideal candidate. According to El Nacional (via the Daily Mail), club president Florentino Perez will sanction a move for the Uruguayan striker.

Cavani was on Ancelotti’s transfer wishlist this summer as well, but the 34-year-old eventually ended up staying at Old Trafford, having extended his contract just few months earlier.

However, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo has seen an increased competition amongst United’s ranks¬†and the departure of an attacker isn’t a far-fetched possibility. The same could also apply to Anthony Martial if not Cavani.