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.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.