Suarez, Mandzukic and 7 Other Strikers Madrid May Target in Transfer Window
With Alvaro Morata set to leave the Bernabeu, as Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed per Marca, Los Blancos will almost certainly feel they need to add depth to a position where they will be left with just Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez.
The list of players starts off with the two forwards most commonly linked with Madrid in recent weeks but digresses to include various other targets who fit a very different profile.
Read on to see who Ancelotti may make his new front man this summer.
The Uruguayan striker, who was the key to Liverpool’s second-place finish in the Premier League last season, has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and is thought to be their top priority this summer.
His high price tag and Liverpool’s obvious reluctance to sell could be a problem, though, and, if a deal is not doable, Florentino Perez and Carlo Ancelotti will pursue other targets.
If a move for Luis Suarez proves impossible, Mario Mandzukic is tipped to be the man Real Madrid could turn to instead.
The Croatian striker, who was suspended for his country’s World Cup opener against Brazil, is liked for the experience he has at the top level of European football.
More than anything, though, he is liked for his availability—he has already confirmed he will not continue at Bayern Munich next season following the Bavarian side’s signing of Robert Lewandowski, as reported by Sportske novosti (via Dejan Kalinic on Goal.com).
Failing to secure either of those two targets, Real Madrid may turn to an entirely different profile of player to help add depth to their attacking options: younger players.
The top target in that bracket is reported to be Antoine Griezmann, who is a much more versatile player across the front three.
At just 23, the French international already has the burgeoning profile to become an absolute star at the Bernabeu, but doing business with Real Sociedad could prove quite expensive—as Madrid witnessed with Asier Illarramendi last summer.
The first of three options on the list that ply their trade in Italy is 21-year-old Juan Iturbe, a man once dubbed as the “new Lionel Messi”—which young, quick-on-the-ball, goalscorer from Argentina isn’t?
He plays for Verona, having first arrived in Europe to play for Porto in Portugal, but has scored just eight times in his debut season in Serie A—a disappointing return.
Iturbe spent most of his life in Paraguay, but after falling out with the management he instead made himself available for the country of his birth: Argentina. He has yet to receive a full international cap, but he has represented the Under-20s.
The next forward playing in Italy is slightly older than Iturbe at 23, but with 15 goals in 24 appearances for Roma last season, Mattia Destro enjoyed a much more impressive campaign than the former.
Destro has already been capped five times by Italy, although he missed out on the World Cup squad despite being named on the provisional 30-man list.
From Madrid’s point of view, he may be loath to leave the Italian capital as a lot of doors have opened for him over the past season and a transfer to the Spanish capital would more than likely see a reduction in his playing time.
Domenico Berardi won’t turn 20 until August, but he has already demonstrated tremendous ability at the top level in Italy.
Juventus had spotted his potential long before then, paying Sassuolo €4.5 million when they won promotion in 2012/13, but the Old Lady may be prepared to do business with Madrid if it helped them land Alvaro Morata.
Moving on to the French League, at 23 years old Alexandre Lacazette is already an experienced member of the Lyon side.
He may only be 5’9”, but the French striker is powerful and boasted an impressive tally of 23 goals last season, making him a much more attractive option than some of the more untested names on this list.
He will likely be against a move to Real Madrid at this stage in his career, though, instead preferring to continue playing regularly in the Ligue 1 rather than see his progress stall on the bench at the Bernabeu.
A lot of big clubs have Belgian players in their ranks these days, so some might suggest Real Madrid get involved with the latest trend.
If they do feel that way inclined, it is suggested in the El Economista report that they have been monitoring the process of 19-year-old Lille forward Divock Origi.
The 6’1” teenager is yet to do anything on the goalscoring front domestically in France, but he has done enough to be included in the Belgium squad who are in Brazil competing in the World Cup at the moment.
The last man on the list is a 22-year-old front man who spent the last season playing on loan for Hamburg in Germany.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s parent club is Hertha Berlin, and they may well be inclined to take him back next season after he weighed in with 15 goals during his season away from the club—either that or sell him to Real Madrid.
He has struggled with injuries in the past, although he remains tipped to be involved with the German national team at future tournaments—as of now he has only represented his country at Under-21 level.