Real Madrid clearly need to add some depth to the striker spot, as the draws against Valencia and Levante proved. Karim Benzema is injured and Cristiano Ronaldo still has one more game to serve in his ban in La Liga, meaning that Los Blancos’ offensive line against Real Sociedad will lack a pure attacker unless Zidane somehow decides to start Borja Mayoral.
Here are five attackers who could help Real Madrid this winter or next summer if Los Blancos decide to wait a full season.
- Robert Lewandowski. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenige admitted this Monday that Real Madrid is Lewandowski’s “alleged dream club” as he called out the Polish striker on the comments he made about Bayern’s transfer season. Lewandowski would be a nice addition to this team but it’s clear that he would not be able to help Madrid in the Champions League as he will play for Bayern in this Group Stage and UEFA regulations would not let him play for Madrid in the European competition. It would make sense to sign him next summer.
- Paulo Dybala. He’s young and has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest. Still, he’s not a pure attacker and he likes to play alongside a finisher like Gonzalo Higuain. Signing him would be quite expensive.
- Timo Werner. Reports from Spain say that Real Madrid are sending scouts to watch him play. Apparently, he could leave his current club for €50 million but he will also play for Leipzig in the Champions League so he won’t help Madrid in Europe this season, just like Dybala and Lewandowski.
- Kasper Dolberg. Big clubs like Dortmund are interested in the Danish attacker. He’s still 19 years old and while signing him away from Ajax would not be cheap, it’s true that he would fit Madrid’s new policy of signing young and promising players instead of galacticos.
- Mariano Diaz. Who would’ve thought? Mariano barely played for Madrid last season but he’s off to a great start with Olympique Lyon. Furthermore, he could possibly accept a role behind Karim Benzema. Real Madrid did not include a buyback clause with Lyon as these options are not allowed in France.