In just two league games, Real Madrid already have six different goalscorers. The statistic is a testament that the team always finds new outlets to score when needed but also sparks a mild concern over the centre-forward position.
Karim Benzema has been far from his best in the two La Liga games so far and his only goal came from a penalty. One can be assured that the Frenchman will recover his form in the coming days but it is concerning that there is no backup option.
According to reports from AS (h/t RM4Arab), Los Blancos do not want to sign a striker without a logical reason. They want to make sure that the player they sign is young, talented and approved by the entire board as a replacement for Karim Benzema.
One of the main reasons Real Madrid are hesitant to sign a forward is that they want to avoid another Luka Jovic or Mariano situation. Both the strikers were brought in to cover for Benzema in recent years but failed to make any impact.
Real Madrid will not pursue a star signing for the striker position, and thus, have been on the constant lookout for young talents. Jonathan Burkardt, Sasa Kalajdzic, Roko Simic, Brian Brobbey and Noah Okafor are some of the profiles Los Blancos are scouting.
One striker who the club have already signed is Iker Bravo. While the official announcement has not yet been made, the club have an agreement in place with the Spaniard and are just awaiting FIFA’s approval.
The teenager was phenomenal last season with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth teams and will join Castilla where he will work under Raul Gonzalez.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.