Real Madrid received a small amount for the transfer of Karim Benzema to Al Ittihad

By signing with the Saudi Arabian team Al-Ittihad earlier this summer, Karim Benzema garnered media attention

Following in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, he was the second well-known transfer to the oil-rich nation this year. At the end of the month, Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid contract was scheduled to expire. He was about to extend his deal at the Bernabeu until Al-Ittihad presented him with a sizable offer. He ultimately made a free transfer to the team.

However, despite the fact that Benzema’s contract was set to expire this summer, Saudi Arabia reportedly paid a minimal transfer fee to Real Madrid for the player, according to Romain Molina.

It appears the oil-rich country persuaded Real Madrid to forgo making a serious effort to renew Benzema by giving them a tiny reward. To argue that the Spanish team did not attempt would likely be unfair, as manager Carlo Ancelotti fought tooth and nail to keep the Frenchman on his team.

After all, Benzema was a significant component of Real Madrid’s attacking unit’s transition strategy. Up until 2024, when Los Blancos intended to splash out on either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland, the team wanted him to keep scoring goals in Europe. Real Madrid must now search the market for a successor after Benzema left the team this summer. They have signed Joselu from Espanyol, although the former star of Stoke City is more of a Mariano Diaz replacement.

This summer, Real Madrid is still in the running to capture Mbappe because Paris Saint-Germain wants to sell the Frenchman. But Los Blancos may find it difficult to fulfil PSG’s high demands for the attacker, especially after they paid a premium price for Jude Bellingham.

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