Al-Ittihad wants another Real Madrid star


By: Manu Tournoux

Last summer, Al-Ittihad achieved a masterstroke in the summer transfer window by snatching Karim Benzema from Real Madrid. A profitable choice for the Saudi team because the French striker has performed well since his arrival in the Gulf. Despite a slump symbolized by his falling out with his former coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Madrilenian remains an essential element of his team like his fantastic goal on the occasion of his entry into contention for the Coupe du Club World against Auckland City (3-0), on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.

But at a time when the winter transfer window is fast approaching, Al-Ittihad intends to steal a new star from Real Madrid to expand its squad. According to information from Relevo, the Jeddah-based club is considering returning to the attack for David Alaba, far from being indisputable with the Spanish team this season and who is struggling to compensate for the absence of Militão. On the other hand, the task promises to be difficult because the Austrian international (105 caps, 15 goals) does not intend to pack up, considering himself happy in Madrid and benefiting from the total confidence of his coach, Carlo Ancelotti . It remains to be seen whether the financial arguments of the current 5th in the Saudi Pro League will be enough to make him change his mind…

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