Karim Benzema was one of Real Madrid’s biggest difference makers last season, stepping up time and time again to pull his team out of the waters.
The French international is now 34 years old, however, and cannot carry the forward line on his shoulders for long. It is not surprising that Los Blancos are beginning to get serious in their pursuit of a young striker.
According to reports from Nizaar Kinsella of Standard Sport, Real Madrid have contacted Chelsea over a potential transfer for Armando Broja.
The Spanish club are looking to offload several forwards and hope to add young strikers to their squad for the coming season. Broja is seen as an ideal option given his promising record on loan at Southhampton last year.
The 20-year-old participated in 32 league games for the English side last season and scored six goals. In addition, he scored two goals in the EFL Cup and a goal in the FA Cup.
At the moment, Carlo Ancelotti has Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral at his disposal as options to replace Benzema. However, the former does not have the required level to play for Real Madrid and the latter is expected to join Getafe very soon.
Everton, Newcastle and West Ham have all been linked with a move for the youngster, but it is unsurprisingly Real Madrid that catches the eye. Yet, it is Broja’s relative inexperience at the top-flight that makes his potential signing a risk.
As it stands, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel expects the player to stay. Nevertheless, one could expect the situation to turn around dramatically once Los Blancos officially step into the race.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.