Arsenal and Chelsea target Mario Mandzukic has announced that he will be leaving Bayern Munich in this summer's transfer window and Real Madrid are looking for a striker to complete their strike-force alongside Karim Benzema.
Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed it is likely Arsenal target Alvaro Morata will leave the club this summer, with his departure also likely to facilitate the signing of a world-class forward. The Croatian is seen as a good fit should Real miss out on Liverpool's Luis Suarez, their top summer transfer target.
Mandzukic has declared he wants to leave the German giants as he feels the new style employed by Pep Guardiola does not allow him to play his natural game, saying: "I can not play to my strengths under Guardiola's style - no matter how hard I try. It is best for all parties that we go our separate ways."
The 28-year-old - who is on World Cup duty with Croatia - was already targeted by Real last summer to replace Gonzalo Higuain but Benzema took over responsibility as the club's undisputed first choice up front. So the possible arrival of Mandzukic at the Bernabeu would complete the '9' position at Real, which presently has only the French international.
The Croatian, who helped Bayern to an unprecedented treble in his first season at the club under coach Jupp Heynckes, has played a key role for the Bavarians this season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
However, Real have once again been heavily linked with a move for Luis Suarez following his superb campaign to strengthen the team ahead of next season. But Benzema is unconcerned by the possible arrival of Suarez, suggesting the Uruguayan has to have more than one good season before he begin to fret for his position.
Suarez, who is currently recovering from knee surgery ahead of his World Cup campaign, signed a long-term contract with Liverpool last December but his personal lawyer and friend Alejandro Balbi recently revealed a move to the Spanish capital is entirely possible.
"I don't see [it being] difficult because in football you never know what is going to happen until the last word," Balbi said in an interview with radio station Cadena Ser.
"When there is an offer from a big club like Real Madrid it is difficult to say no. They are one of the most important teams in the world."