Despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid will be looking to add further strength to their squad over the summer in preparation for next term.
They finished third in La Liga in 2013-14—three points back from winners Atletico Madrid—and boss Carlo Ancelotti would no doubt like to claim a league victory in the upcoming season.
Madrid have been linked with a host of stars who are reportedly likely to make the move to the Bernabeu during the transfer window.
Here is the latest news concerning Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani, as well as the latest on Karim Benzema's future in the Spanish capital.
Benzema to Stay
Despite much-reported rumours that France international Benzema—currently in Brazil at the World Cup with his national team—might be on his way out of the Bernabeu over the summer, Pablo Polo of Marca reports that the striker is likely to stay put:
Before the Frenchman headed out with his national squad, the player met with Florentino Perez to thrash out a few issues. The subject of money was not discussed. The French star has told his club he would like to stay on with Real and has now left it to his agent, Karim Djaziri, to finalise all the details of his new contract.
The 26-year-old had previously been heavily linked with Arsenal as the Gunners look for a new world-class striker to boost their squad, per football writer Ben Fairthorne:
Wenger has made interest in both Benzema and Di Maria clear, and strongly believe one could end up at Arsenal this summer.— Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne) June 12, 2014
But despite only having one year left on his contract, it seems Benzema will look to renew at Madrid rather than move on elsewhere.
This is good news for the La Liga outfit, as he scored 17 Spanish top-flight goals last season, per WhoScored.com. The Frenchman has continued his form in Brazil, where he has bagged three goals in two matches so far.
While Benzema looks set to stay at the club, Real still need to sign a new striker to provide an alternative to the Frenchman.
Reports suggest Monaco's Falcao might be the man for Los Blancos as the Colombian is eager to move to the La Liga club.
The player knows that Madrid need another striker to complement Karim Benzema and is now waiting for a phone call from the capital side. The 28-year-old Colombian, who is under contract with Monaco until 2018, has rebuffed offers from Chelsea (who have chosen Diego Costa), Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Falcao has fully recovered from the cruciate ligament injury that dogged his Ligue 1 season last term and saw him play only 17 times, scoring nine goals.
He certainly has the quality to thrive at Real, aided by his knowledge of La Liga, where he starred as an Atletico player before his move to France.
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Uruguayan star Cavani is another possible target, although the 27-year-old Paris St-Germain striker is unaware of any interest from the Spanish giants, per Marca: "You never know what's going to happen in football; you can be here one day and gone tomorrow, but I'm not aware of interest from Real Madrid."
Another proven goalscorer—he bagged 16 Ligue 1 goals last season—Cavani would add real quality to Real's side and could likely work very well as a partner to Benzema.
The youngster is currently playing as part of a much-fancied Croatian midfield at the World Cup, per ESPN FC's Tom Marshall, and he would be a great prospect for Ancelotti to bring in:
Interested to see the Rakitic, Modric, Kovacic trio in midfield. If they get it right, Croatia can create problems for anyone.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 12, 2014
An influential playmaker, he would also fit in well at Madrid as he would be joining up with national team-mate Luka Modric, and his pace and maturity on the counterattack would seemingly work with Real's style.
Ancelotti seems to be eyeing up some real quality to bring in over the summer, and if he lands his targets, the Champions League winners could well go all the way again in Europe next season.
Furthermore, the added depth that the Italian boss is looking at would likely make them favourites to pip Atletico and Barcelona for the La Liga title.