Contrasting reports continue to circulate over Real Madrid’s tricky situation at centre-forward. While Los Blancos have arguably the best striker in world football in the form of Karim Benzema, their bench strength in the department is exceptionally poor.
According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid are working on the arrival of a centre-striker. The need for a new number 9 is well known in the club offices. Yet, ironically, the same outlet report that there is no urgency.
Over the past few days, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been linked to a plethora of strikers. With veterans, youngsters and even teenage stars rumoured with a chance of filling the void, it is clear that the club see it as an important objective.
Amongst the younger stars linked with the Galacticos are Jonathan Burkadt, Sasa Kalajdzic, Roko Simic, Brian Brobbey and Noah Okafor.
With Benzema in imperious form, it is clear that a new signing will not see much game time. This could prompt the club to look for a temporary plug this season and to sign a long-term prospect in the next window.
It remains to be seen as to such route the club opts for. Either way, Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral’s departure from the club is the preliminary step necessary before signing any striker, and that is the focus at the moment.
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.