Reports: Real Madrid close in on world class striker to partner Karim Benzema after Messi prevents him from joining Barcelona

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are on the lookout for a prolific striker, and have apparently been handed a major transfer boost – that too by arch-rivals Barcelona.

Reports from Spain indicate that Los Blancos are on the clear to sign Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, after Barcelona’s Lionel Messi dismissed his club’s idea of signing the striker themselves.

Diario Gol reports that Bayern Munich had offered Lewandowski to Barcelona for a sum as low as £48million, but the Catalans turned down the offer after failing to get the approval of Messi and current number nine Luis Suarez.

This in turn, has helped Real Madrid get ahead of their rivals in the race to sign the Poland striker. The Merengues, under Zinedine Zidane have been looking for a striker to partner with Karim Benzema, like Gonzalo Higuain once did.

Luka Jovic is another option for the Spanish giants but as of now, it seems Real Madrid have a choice to make as Lewandowski is rated by Zidane as one of the greatest goalscorers in the world, according to the report.

FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 2/5; While Lewandowski is a good choice on paper, Real Madrid might be looking for a younger star with age on his side as well.