With Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having rejected Real Madrid’s offer to move to the Spanish capital, Florentino Perez will have to look elsewhere to find the striker he wants to bring next summer.
Since Chicharito Hernandez left last summer, the only pure number 9 in the squad is Karim Benzema. Both the president and the manager believe the French forward needs a back-up, especially now that Real are threatened with a one-year transfer ban.
Many strikers have been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but there are five that top Perez’s list. Here at Real Madrid news we’ve analysed those five main candidates to reinforce the Los Blancos attack in the summer transfer market:
5. Jamie Vardy
The Leicester man is completing a superb season, having scored 19 goals in 33 appearances, helping his team top of the table having a realistic chance of winning their first league title. Many clubs will fight to sign the Englishman next summer, and Los Blancos have shown an interest. However, the club directors are reluctant for a number of reasons: He is 29-years-old and will soon enter the final stage of his career; English footballers have always had problems to adapt to life in Madrid; and finally, he will be too expensive, given the high competition in signing him.
4. Romeru Lukaku
The Belgium international is the third top scorer of the Premier League and has caught the attention of many European giants, including Los Blancos. The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead and he would be a great investment for Real. He has scored 25 goals in 36 games so far this season, at it seems clear that he is ready to join a big club. Everton signed him last summer on a 35-million-euro move from Chelsea and they will be ready to sell as long as they receive a good offer. According to the latest transfer rumours, they could let him go for 65 million euros.
3. Edison Cavani
The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been one of Florentino Perez’s favourites for a long time, but the Los Merengues president has never had the chance of bringing him to Madrid. Now that the Uruguay international is 29 years old, PSG could be ready to let him go. Cavani is not having his best season, but still he has netted 19 goals in 40 appearances and could be a great back-up for Karim Benzema. Should Perez convince PSG to sell a reasonable price, the Uruguayan would be an interesting option.
2. Alvaro Morata
Whether to stay at Real Madrid or to sell him again, it looks like Los Blancos are going to buy Morata back from Juventus this summer. Due to a clause in the striker’s contract, Perez will only have to pay 30 million euros to bring the striker back home. Should Zinedine Zidane decide to keep him, it would be by far the cheapest option. Yet, perhaps it is not convenient to force the player to return when he wants to play at a club where he can be a guaranteed starter. That could create trouble in the squad, and Zidane should take it into deep consideration.
1. Paulo Dybala
The 22-year-old has become one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe thanks to his great performances this season. He has earned the starting striker role at Juventus, sending Alvaro Morata to the bench. The Argentinian, who is good friends with Leo Messi, has scored 18 goals in 39 appearances so far this season. Perez could use Morata to exert pressure on Juve and get a good deal for Dybala. However, the player has suggested he would like to play for Barcelona, so it won’t be easy for the Real president to convince him.