Real Madrid boast of one of Europe’s finest squads across the field. They have some of the world’s best defenders and midfielders in their ranks, but the one position that seems to be the weak link in the team is the centre-forward position.
Karim Benzema is undoubtedly one of, if not the best, striker in the world. He is not only the winner of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year but also the favourite to pick up the Ballon d’Or later this year.
The Frenchman is now 34 years of age and could have another year or two in the tank. However, the club do not even have a backup striker in place to cover for his absence, and the long-term future planning is even more rudimentary.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, that is set to change in the coming summer. The Italian journalist reports that Real Madrid are looking to sign a striker next June. However, it is not known whether they will look for a short-term or long-term fix.
Los Blancos were linked heavily with a forward signing in the last transfer window, with Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland amongst those who were close to a move. However, the Spanish Champions failed to make any signing in the department and are currently facing the music.
When Benzema was ruled out through injury last month, Ancelotti was forced to use Eden Hazard in the Frenchman’s place. Further, the responsibility of scoring goals fell on the young shoulders of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, both of whom are wingers.
Christopher Nkunku was linked with a move to the Bernabeu but now seems set to sign for Chelsea. That said, it remains to be seen as to whom Florentino Perez eyes as the team’s next big striker.
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.