Victor Osimhen

Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly pleaded with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to do everything to sign Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and AC Milan star Rafael Leao in January.

Ancelotti has been wanting to bolster his attack since returning to the Bernabeu last year and became frustrated after failing to land Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Karim Benzema’s current injury woes have only amplified the issue that Real need to bring in attacking reinforcements, which has seen Ancelotti earmark Leao and Osimhen as priority buys in the winter window, according to Spanish news outlet Sport.

Leao has become one of Europe’s hottest properties at AC Milan and is wanted by Europe’s biggest clubs, with Chelsea and Manchester City ready to battle it out for the Portuguese star.

Leao was named Serie A MVP for 2021-22 and has continued to shine once again this season, scoring six goals and adding a further nine assists in just 17 appearances so far across both the Serie A and Champions League.

And with Leao’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2024, Milan are reportedly considering cashing in on the forward, if the right offer is made, as they do not want to risk losing yet another star on a free transfer.

Leao is reportedly demanding club-record wages of £170,000 a week to stay at the San Siro, which could see the likes of Real take advantage of the situation in the new year.

While Leao has been lighting up the Serie A with AC Milan, Ancelotti is also interested in making a double swoop for Osimhen – Leao’s title rival at Napoli.

The Nigerian striker has been firing on all cylinders for Napoli, scoring nine goals in 13 games in all competitions, helping send Luciano Spalletti to the top of Serie A, where they are on a 14-game unbeaten streak.

The need for a centre forward comes after Benzema, who recently won the Ballon d’Or, was sidelined with a leg injury and is unlikely to return for Real until after the World Cup.

Despite inconsistency in his fitness this term, Benzema has still managed six goals and an assist in 11 games, but his stop-start campaign so far has made it difficult for him to replicate the form he managed last season.

On his way to becoming the oldest player to win a first Ballon d’Or since Stanley Matthews more than six decades ago, Benzema lead the way for Real Madrid with 34 goals and 15 assists in 46 games.



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