When Kylian Mbappe introduced he was staying at Paris Saint-Germain by signing a brand new three-year contract final week, there was one membership in Europe impacted greater than others. Actual Madrid had pinned all their switch hopes on persuading the 23-year-old striker to maneuver on a free switch this summer time, a lot in order that they didn’t pounce for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, permitting him to agree a €60 million take care of Manchester Metropolis. (Although some experiences steered that Haaland wasn’t keen to attend for Karim Benzema to retire to develop into the membership’s first-choice striker.)
Mbappe’s determination has put the LaLiga champions in a dilemma. Do they now use the cash they’d put aside for his wages — and keep in mind Madrid had been able to spend €200m in switch payment to land him in January as their funds have been hit much less arduous by COVID-19 pandemic than others’ — on a distinct goal? Or do they attempt to discover a low-cost stop-gap striker till they’ll launch a recent assault to signal Mbappe?
Actual Madrid definitely want to search out some assist for 34-year-old Benzema forward of subsequent season, as Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic have managed solely 24 appearances and two objectives between them. Madrid gained LaLiga and the Champions League, however subsequent yr would possibly provide a more durable problem with out some recruitment.
AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni (€80m) and Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger (free) are anticipated to maneuver to the Bernabeu this summer time, however listed here are some choices up entrance Actual Madrid would possibly want to take into account in the summertime now Mbappe has snubbed them.
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A ready-made celebrity
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool — €100m
Not a central striker in the identical vein as Benzema, however Salah’s potential to attain objectives from the correct wing (he netted 31 in 50 video games this season) makes him one of many world’s finest gamers. The 29-year-old has a contract that expires in 2023, and although he has already gone on file to say he shall be staying at Anfield subsequent season, he’ll proceed to be linked with a giant transfer till he indicators new phrases. With Vinicius Junior on the left, Benzema centrally and Salah on the correct, Madrid’s assault could be the most effective ever.
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich — €40m
The 33-year-old needs to depart the German membership this summer time after spending the previous eight seasons in Munich. He has proven no indicators of slowing down, with 50 objectives in 46 video games this season, and has been carefully linked with Barcelona. Madrid might steal a march on their rivals, and although Lewandowski wouldn’t be a long-term answer, he’s high class.
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur — €150m
Most likely the one participant Actual Madrid would select to signal after Mbappe if they may, however Tottenham will play hardball over a switch payment and the membership can now provide him Champions League soccer subsequent season. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old is rising bored with not successful trophies and his contract expires in 2024, so it won’t be lengthy earlier than he leaves.
A future star
Darwin Nunez, Benfica — €80m
With 34 objectives in 41 video games for Benfica this season, Nunez has shot to prominence in Europe and is among the most sought-after younger gamers round. The Uruguay worldwide has an unconventional model as a central striker however makes use of his tempo and motion to capitalise on transitions. The 22-year-old would wish to play repeatedly, although, so his sport time must be managed nicely alongside Benzema.
Rafael Leao, AC Milan — €80m
Stories have linked the Portugal worldwide with a €120m transfer to Madrid, though he has a €150m launch clause. In all chance, if Milan had been to get a proposal of round €80m, they might most likely let the 22-year-old go. A left winger who can even play as a central striker, Leao had 14 objectives and 12 assists in 42 video games on the best way to the Serie A title this season, however Madrid might make use of his versatility and skill to enhance within the coming years.
Amine Gouiri, Good — €40m
Having come by means of Lyon’s famed youth academy, making his first-team debut as a teen and representing France, after all Gouiri drew stylistic comparisons to Benzema. His time at Lyon did not work out, due partly to an ACL harm, and he moved to Good in 2020 for round €7m. However there he has thrived, with 12 objectives and 10 assists in 43 video games throughout all competitions this season. The 22-year-old boasts wonderful agility, motion and a mind for purpose. He would relish studying from Benzema, whereas not anticipating to instantly exchange him.
Endrick, Palmeiras — €60m
No participant is simply too younger to be linked with a transfer to Madrid, and the 15-year-old Brazilian sensation signed his first skilled contract final week, with a €60m launch clause. He continues to gentle up Brazil together with his performances, however Madrid must wait till he is 18 to finish a switch as a result of FIFA guidelines.
A protected choice
Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich — €60m
A far cry from the participant who struggled at Arsenal between 2012 and 2016, Gnabry has develop into a celebrity at Bayern but is struggling to agree a brand new contract. The 26-year-old proper winger is a key a part of the primary XI, and managed 17 objectives and 10 assists in 45 video games this season, however his deal expires in 2023 and Madrid might land a cut price.
Riyad Mahrez, Man Metropolis — €40m
Mahrez, 31, is out of contract in 2023 and could possibly be obtainable for round €40m, and his Metropolis teammate Raheem Sterling can also be reportedly sad together with his enjoying time and will probably be persuaded to attempt a brand new problem for €80m. One of many pair will possible depart the Emirates, and Madrid might take benefit, with Mahrez the higher match proper now as he might slot in on the correct wing.
Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal — Free
Lacazette’s contract at Arsenal expires this summer time, and he will not signal a brand new one, which implies Madrid might land themselves a cut price. The France worldwide remains to be solely 30 and has tons of expertise, whereas he has 71 objectives in 206 video games for the membership. Lacazette is flexible throughout the ahead positions and would most likely be OK performing as a backup to Benzema if it means enjoying within the Champions League.
A wild card
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United — €20m
The homecoming. Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in 2018 however might return to the Bernabeu after watching his Manchester United facet battle all season. The 37-year-old managed to attain 24 objectives in 39 video games, and though United would miss his objectives, they may take into account it the most effective time to maneuver on and deal with rebuilding their crew.
Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid — €40m
Griezmann remains to be a Barcelona participant however Atletico have a €40m obligation to signal him completely in summer time 2023 if he performs greater than 50% of video games throughout his mortgage. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old reportedly is not needed by Atletico, so he would possibly return to Barcelona this summer time. The Catalans might transfer him on to their Madrid rivals in a controversial however probably efficient deal.
Luis Suarez, Atletico Madrid — Free
He is perhaps 35, however Suarez scored 13 objectives in 35 video games final season for Atletico and did not wish to depart the membership this summer time. The Uruguay worldwide might keep in Madrid for one more season, however he must put his Barcelona attachments to 1 facet if he had been to hitch.