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Real Madrid will wait until pre-season to decide if they need a top striker – report

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Over the past 15 days, Real Madrid have left no stone unturned to find their next striker. Few sources reported that the priority was to sign a big name, whilst others claimed that the club were in search of a stop-gap solution.

The only solid progress of the fortnight has come in the form of Joselu’s imminent signature. Los Blancos have continue to be closely linked with Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane, though no significant progress has been made on either front.

According to reports from MARCA, Florentino Perez is now not even convinced whether the team requires a top-quality striker. The plan appears to be to wait until preseason to see if the need is real.

There is no doubt that the Real Madrid president wishes to bring in Mbappe in the coming weeks. However, it is not clear whether Carlo Ancelotti and the management see the Frenchman as a central striker.

Mbappe has played as a left-winger for most of his time at Paris Saint-Germain. Should he arrive, there would be a fundamental overlap in position between the French star and Vinicius Jr and could necessitate another signing for the No. 9 position.

Moreover, given that the PSG star’s arrival in itself is far from assured, the board has a number of variables to work with. It could thus be in the Merengues‘ best interest to see how the cards pan out.

As it stands, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes are the only senior forwards in the squad. The coming weeks will be critical in deciding how the remaining vacancies will be filled.

Needless to say, Real Madrid’s entire summer planning appears to revolve around the decision of a certain Frenchman on duty with his National Team.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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