It did not take long after Kylian Mbappe’s decision for Real Madrid to begin scouting a replacement. The La Liga champions did indeed suffer a big blow through the Frenchman’s rejection but now seem to have decided to put that money to better use.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez, Los Blancos are going to try to sign Robert Lewandowski in June as an alternative.
The Polish striker has been breaking records for fun in the Bundesliga but seems to have fallen out with the management at Bayern Munich. As a result, he has decided to leave and take up a new challenge.
Barcelona were said to be leading the race to sign Lewandowski and have reportedly already made their first offer. The other European giant trying to secure the striker’s transfer is Chelsea, but the London based club first have to sort out the future of Romelu Lukaku.
Lewandowski scored 35 goals in the recently concluded Bundesliga season and also provided three assists in the process. Across all competitions, he touched the 50 goal mark once again this season.
While he has certainly been amongst the best strikers in world football recently, it seems difficult to fathom how he would fit in with Karim Benzema. The French striker is not only Real Madrid’s starting number nine but also the club’s best player.
It would be wise for Florentino Perez to sign a young forward who could eventually replace Benzema and not chase the signature of a 33-year-old player in the same position. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen as to what decision the club administration take in this regard.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.