Real Madrid’s management are leaving no stone unturned in their hunt for the club’s next marquee striker. From teenagers to veteran stars, Los Blancos have been linked with several strikers this window.
As the summer window nears its end, it is becoming increasingly clear that the club want to go in the direction of raw talent. A young signing will not only help the manager mould the player to his liking but also be less of a burden financially.
According to reports from Diario AS, Madrid are looking to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Iker Bravo this summer. This comes as important news because the teenager already has an agreement in place with Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid’s relations with Diego Simeone’s side are already foul after the pact of non-aggression was broken last month. The move for the Spaniard will only make matters worse.
Not to forget that the Spaniard has also played for Barcelona at the youth level, making appearances for the U16 side before deciding to leave for Leverkusen.
Last season, Bravo made 17 appearances for Bayer’s U-19 outfit scoring four goals and providing three assists. He also recorded three-goal contributions for the U-17 side of the club.
Bravo is clearly a diamond in the brought right now, and one could expect the youngster to see a spell at the Castilla before he makes the move to the first team. While it is certainly a gamble, his signing could reap big rewards in the future.
Amongst the other youngsters linked with a move to the club is Jonathan Burkadt. The 22-year-old Mainz striker offers a similar profile, and the final decision could come down to the transfer fee involved.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.