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Real Madrid assessing La Liga for new striker – report
It was revealed yesterday that Real Madrid are in the market for at least three new players this summer, as they look to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season.
One of the priority targets for Real Madrid is to sign a new attacker. To that end, Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) claims the club are assessing La Liga for a new striker this summer.
It appears Los Blancos are primarily looking for a short-term alternative for Karim Benzema. Although the Frenchman has continued his goalscoring trend, he is nearing the end of his career. Real Madrid, therefore, require a viable alternative for the veteran attacker.
Mariano Diaz has been a part of the team for the past five years. But with just six La Liga goals, he will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer this summer. The forward is already looking out for potential suitors across the world.
Real Madrid need a more competent replacement for Diaz, which is why they are now searching La Liga. The club would prefer someone who already has experience in Spanish football.
The likes of Enes Unal and Inaki Williams could be interesting options for Real Madrid. The club were linked with a move for Vedat Muriqi earlier in the year as well. The Kosovan forward has racked up 14 league goals this term and could be an interesting alternative for Benzema.
Real Madrid, though, could use a more tactically flexible alternative, who can also operate in the wider areas if required. That is where someone like Williams could be a viable option.
There are no shortage of options elsewhere in Europe either, so it will be interesting to see who they end up signing in this coming summer.
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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack
Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.
Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.
Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.
Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.
According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.
The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.
Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.
On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.
With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.
It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.
It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.