REAL MADRID are interested in making a shock move for Manchester City star Julian Alvarez, according to reports.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are exploring the striker market after losing Karim Benzema to the Saudi Pro League this summer.
The Frenchman signed for Al-Ittihad, leaving a significant gap up front for Real Madrid.
Ancelotti and Co opted not to go big for a striker this summer, instead landing former Stoke and Newcastle flop Joselu on loan from Espanyol.
While the Italian is currently content with his options, the Spanish giants are expected to recruit a star forward next year.
Real Madrid have long been linked with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.
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They are expected to finally get a deal over the line for the 24-year-old next summer, with his PSG contract set to expire.
But having been in this position with Mbappe before only to see a move fall through, Real Madrid chiefs are exploring alternative options just in case.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Man City star Alvarez is on Real's radar.
They claim that he could emerge as a key target for Ancelotti's side, should they fail to land Mbappe.
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Alvarez, 23, has excelled since moving to the Etihad – despite having to compete with Erling Haaland up top.
He netted 17 goals in all competitions last season, helping City to the Treble while also winning the World Cup with Argentina.
Manager Pep Guardiola won't want to lose Alvarez, who has started all four of City's Premier League matches this term thus far.
In the absence of a top striker, Real Madrid have been relying on Jude Bellingham for goals so far this season.
The England star has scored five times in his first four matches for his new side, with his manager setting him a goals target.
Ancelotti said: "He can reach 15 goals without a problem. He moves very well and that’s why he scores so many goals.
"He’s a player who learns very quickly, we don’t have to tell him things too many times."
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