Real Madrid’s hunt for a new striker has now come full circle. Initially in the window, Los Blancos scouted young players from leagues across the world. Now, however, the club have begun looking back at former players and academy graduates.
According to reports from Diario AS, Raul de Tomas is on the Spanish club’s list. The striker is waiting for an offer from Real Madrid though he has several proposals on the table.
Espanyol wish to recover around €25-30 million from his sale, a fee that can be considered a bargain for a player of such quality.
The 27-year-old is a graduate of the Castilla but never actually made it to the first team for Los Blancos. After loan spells at Cordoba, Real Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, he left on a permanent transfer to Benfica in 2019.
One year later, de Tomas returned to La Liga by joining Espanyol for a reported fee of €20 million in January 2020. In his first season back in Spain, he scored four goals for the Catalan club.
In 2021/22, RDT played 34 games for Espanyol, scoring 17 goals and providing three assists for the team. He, almost single-handedly helped his club escape relegation.
The other options on Ancelotti’s list include Timo Werner of Chelsea and Jonathan Burkardt of FSV Mainz 05.
While the Germans may seem like eye-catching options on paper, the Spaniard’s familiarity with the system could give him an upper edge in securing the move to Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.