While Carlo Ancelotti recently said that Real Madrid’s transfer business for the summer was all wrapped up, that might not exactly be the case.
According to a report from Cadena SER, Real Madrid could enter the market for reinforcements depending on the exits from the club before the transfer window closes.
Borja Mayoral is closing in on a transfer to Getafe, while Mariano Diaz is also heavily linked with an exit this summer. With Luka Jovic already leaving for Fiorentina, Los Blancos would be left with no viable backup for Karim Benzema in the No. 9 role.
There had been plans to use Eden Hazard in the ‘false nine’ role, but as per the report, the Belgian has not entirely convinced in a central role. So, before the transfer window closes, Real Madrid will dip their toes into the market for a new centre-forward.
The report further sheds light on the profile of the striker that the current Spanish and European champions are seeking.
It is claimed that Ancelotti’s side will want an experienced player who is around 30 years old and can guarantee at least 10-12 goals per season from a substitute role.
The report does not mention if Los Merengues already have any player in their minds and it will be interesting to see who they go after.
Real Madrid have made just two signings this summer, bringing in Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer and then splashing the cash on Aurelien Tchouameni. Kylian Mbappe had been one of Florentino Perez’s top targets but the Frenchman signed a new contract with PSG.
Missing out on the Frenchman, coupled with the impending exits of Mayoral and Mariano have forced Real into action for another striker.
Youngster Juanmi Latasa could be an option, but given his lack of experience, there is no guarantee that he can deliver on the 10-12 goals per season objective. So, as things stand, Real Madrid could go shopping for an attacker before the window closes.
Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.