El Clasico was the perfect example to highlight the need for a backup striker at Real Madrid. The team looked dysfunctional and lacked the cutting edge in front of the goal in Karim Benzema’s absence.
Mariano Diaz may be an option on paper, but it is clear that he cannot, in any way, shape or form, start for Madrid. The 28-year-old had a dreadful game in front of the goal against Barcelona again and will barely receive any game time.
However, Borja Mayoral may be the man for the job. The Real Madrid striker enjoyed a good campaign at Getafe last season and has shown to have a killer instinct in the final third.
According to reports from Bernabeu Digital, though, Getafe are interested in retaining the player for the upcoming season and the same was confirmed by Ruben Reyes, the club’s sporting director, who said:
“Mayoral did a great job here and we all liked it. We are working on it so let’s see.”
Carlo Ancelotti now has a decision to make. It was initially said that Mayoral would not stay with the first team unless Mariano left the club, but it could be time to change that stance.
Given that Real Madrid only want one backup striker in the squad, it remains to be seen as to whom the manager prefers. Nevertheless, the final decision needs to made quickly for there are a couple interested parties in Mayoral.
The striker has a contract until 2023 with Real Madrid. With less than a year left on his deal, the pressure is now on the club to decide his future.
Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets
Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.
However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.
To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.
The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.
Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.
Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.
Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.