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.
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.