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 the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.