7 Best Potential Replacements for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2013

7 Best Potential Replacements for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid

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    Karim Benzema has enjoyed an improved week for Real Madrid.

    On Wednesday night against Sevilla, he linked up play exceptionally, creating a goal in the first half and setting up three more openings.

    After the break, he added a brace of his own.

    On Saturday, he was again on the score sheet against Rayo VallecanoGareth Bale's cross screamed out for him to head home.

    However, that's only two games.

    Before those matches, doubts had been raised over his performances for Los Blancos, and he was whistled on more than one occasion at the Bernabeu.

    He can't afford another baron spell, because, if he does have one, these forwards could be targeted by Madrid's money. 

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    If the chances of this transfer happening weren't slim to none, it would feature much higher in this list.

    Carlo Ancelotti worked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, and would no doubt love to bring the Swedish striker to the Spanish capital.

    The Italian coach has admitted it would be difficult to sign him, though, via ESPNFC.

    "I can't bring him in. He has a huge contract with PSG, and I don't think he wants to leave."

    Zlatan is now 32. Although he remains one of the best players in the world, Madrid are likely to target a younger forward. 

6. Diego Costa

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    This one would be cheeky, but Madrid do have a history of being interested in Atletico Madrid strikers who they can't sign.

    More to come on some of them.

    Diego Costa is enjoying a fantastic season for Los Rojiblancos. He is level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of La Liga's scoring charts, and is causing an argument between Spain and Brazil over who gets him.

    Nothing yet has linked him with a move across the Spanish capital, but as long as he continues to shine on Florentino Perez's doorstep, it won't be a surprise if the Madrid president's interest piques at some point. 

5. Sergio Aguero

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    Diego Costa is just the latest in a stream of strikers to make their name at the Vicente Calderon.

    Another one of the recent graduates is Sergio Aguero.

    He departed for the Premier League and Manchester City, but rumours of a return to the Spanish capital with Los Blancos have remained.

    The Guardian's Jamie Jackson suggests it could happen in January:

    "Real may firm up their interest for Aguero in the January transfer window with an offer expected to be markedly more than the £38m he cost [Man City] two years ago."

    Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to want to lose his star striker, though, and the Manchester club are in no position to have to sell.

    Still, that won't prevent a Los Blancos bid if they do fancy the Argentinian. 

4. The Cantera

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    Do Madrid really need to look for a new striker?

    It's difficult to gauge how good Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata are just yet, but both have undoubted potential.

    Morata emerged from the bench to score the equaliser in the recent win over Levante, and has looked energetic in his recent outings.

    Meanwhile, Jese scored the consolation against Barcelona, and appears more highly rated at the club despite the fact he's had less minutes than Morata.

    Could one emerge as the next galactico?

3. Robert Lewandowski

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    Robert Lewandowski is set to become football's most wanted man.

    The Borussia Dortmund forward is supposed to have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich, but with Pep Guardiola having doubts over the transfer, AS report Real Madrid are ready to pounce.

    He's available for free at the end of the season, although several clubs could try to tempt Dortmund's hand with a cut-price January offer.

    As well as Bayern, The Express suggest Chelsea are one of the other clubs in the hunt for the Polish international. 

2. Radamel Falcao

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    The third and final entry with Atletico Madrid connections is Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

    He left La Liga for Ligue 1 in the summer, with conspiracy theorists quick to note it was only to allow for a move to Real Madrid in 2014.

    Since then, rumours have persisted that Los Blancos will try to bring the Colombian back to Spain.

    In comments reported by The Independent, Falcao did little to play down a possible Bernabeu move in the future:

    "It doesn't seem right to talk about Real Madrid's possible interest at the moment out of respect for the institution to which I am contracted to as of today." 

1. Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez told Uruguayan radio, via The Metro, that he knew nothing about any interest from Real Madrid recently.

    However the Liverpool forward remains the most likely striker to head to the Bernabeu.

    His style of play would, in theory, dovetail perfectly with the likes of Isco, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, while his goalscoring has greatly improved over the last 18 months in England.

    While he's playing dumb on a Madrid move at the moment, if Liverpool fail in their Champions League quest, he'll almost certainly be on the move.