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Real Madrid considering Chelsea transfer target as possible Sergio Aguero alternative

Real Madrid are believed to be considering Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi ahead of a possible transfer this summer.

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Rafael Benitez has replaced Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, and he looks set to oversee a busy summer of transfers in Madrid.

AS [via Le 10 Sport] believe that Real are keeping tabs on Icardi, with Benitez believed to be a particular fan of the Argentine hitman.

The striker has been linked with a move away from Lombardy this summer, with Chelsea understood to be considering a move for the hitman [Metro].

Those rumours have died down recently, following news that Icardi signed a new deal with the Nerazzurri, via the Daily Mail.

However, the 22-year-old’s four-year deal appears not to have dissuaded Real, who, like Chelsea, would be able to offer the hitman the opportunity of Champions League football.

The Argentine—who bagged an impressive 22 goals in the Italian top flight last term—would be an able replacement for Karim Benzema.

The French international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United believed to have already met with the player’s agent [via the Manchester Evening News].

It already looks certain that Benitez will have to replace the contribution of Javier Hernandez; the Mexican striker spent last season on loan at the Bernabeu from United, but appears not to be in the plans of the new coach.

Icardi would also be a cheaper alternative to Aguero, the Premier League’s top scorer, and a player who has been heavily linked to the Merengues this summer [via MEN].

However, if Icardi does move to Madrid, it ought not be assumed that Benzema will be heading to United. AC Milan are also believed to be keen on the former Olympique Lyonnais striker—according to the Gazzetta dello Sport [via Le 10 Sport]—and may look to rival any approach from Old Trafford.