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Madrid is recruiting for an ex-academy player for a backup striker position

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid is looking for a center-forward who can support Karim Benzema in the forthcoming campaign.

Raul de Tomas, a former academy striker, is being watched by Real Madrid as a potential reinforcement, according to Manuel Sainz of Diario AS.

Although the 27-year-old has had several offers this summer, he is holding out to see how Madrid will resolve their predicament first. His desire to visit Santiago Bernabeu is top priority. 

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Espanyol, meanwhile, is prepared to trade the striker for €25–30 million.

Raul de Tomas began his career with Real Madrid but was unable to make the first squad, having many loan stints in La Liga before being transferred to Benfica in 2019. However, the Spanish striker’s stay in Portugal was brief because he returned to Spain within six months and signed a long-term contract with Espanyol.

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De Tomas has excelled for Espanyol over the past two years, scoring 40 goals, including 17 in La Liga last year. He has been called up to the national squad as a result of his strong performances.

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As was already noted, Raul is a product of La Fabrica and spent 15 years there until leaving in 2019. He only participated in one senior match during the 2014–15 campaign, though. 

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