The recent transfer history between Real Madrid and forwards has not been pleasant. Mariano Diaz, Eden Hazard, and Luka Jovic are just a few of the many forwards Los Blancos fruitlessly splashed the cash on in recent seasons.
Last season, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr single-handedly carried the Spanish side’s forward line. With the former being at the ripe age of 34, it was thought the club would look for a replacement.
According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid believe that Benzema has at least two more years left at the top level and hence feel that signing an upcoming striker at this juncture would be pointless.
The club do not want to sign a striker ‘for the sake of it’. The focus, at the moment, is on the departure of Borja Mayoral and Mariano and even both exits will not guarantee a forward signing.
Carlo Ancelotti is looking to avoid the situations he faced with Jovic and Mariano, and a signing in the winter window is more likely than one in the current window. The manager was initially interested in the profiles of Gabriel Jesus and Juanmi Latasa but did not build on his curiosity.
In 2011, Los Blancos faced a similar crisis in the central striker department. Florentino Perez then implemented a masterstroke by signing Emmanuel Adebayor on loan as a short-term fix. There are rumours of such an operation once again this summer, but with no concrete evidence.
Other solutions include playing the likes of Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, and even Marco Asensio as false 9s. All three have, in the past, for varying amounts of time, played in that role, and could make for decent deputies.
Real Madrid could head into the new season with no new acquisitions in the final third. It is quite clear from the club’s transfer activity this window that the forward line is seen as the last priority.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.