Real Madrid ready to trigger €40m release clause to seal smart transfer of 134-goal forward

Real Madrid are reportedly ready to take a somewhat surprise option to strengthen up front in this summer’s transfer window with a move for Iago Aspas.

The Spanish forward, most well known in England for flopping in a single season with Liverpool in 2013/14, has enjoyed a prolific career in La Liga and could be a smart option for Madrid.

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In need of more options up front after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer, Real are said to be ready to pay Aspas’ €40million release clause at Celta Vigo, according to Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito, as reported by SuperDeporte.

The 31-year-old has scored 134 goals for club and country across his career, and his experience and consistent record of finding the back of the net in Spain could be ideal for Real’s current needs.

Karim Benzema has gone somewhat off the boil and may be more suited to a supporting role, which could allow new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui to re-shape his attack for the start of this post-Ronaldo era.

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Few would have thought of Aspas as an ideal Galactico signing for Los Blancos, but he seems a bargain option that could work wonders, even if only for the short term.

Sport yesterday reported of Madrid’s interest in Aspas, and this latest update suggests they’re firming that up as time runs out for them to sign players before the August 31 deadline.

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