It is clear that Real Madrid still hasn’t found someone capable of matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s productivity and after the failed experiment with Luka Jovic this season, the board of the club should invest on another striker for the 2020/21 season…
THE ATTACK NEEDS SOME SIMULATION
Looking at what has been Real Madrid’s season under the command of Zinedine Zidane it won’t be difficult to conclude that the team is currently playing good quality football. However, they continue to struggle to capitalize that quality into goals way too often.
They have been superior to Barcelona on the head-to-head record this season, however, they are behind their rivals in La Liga due to some matches where the team’s lack of efficiency was unbelievable.
Karim Benzema had a very good start to the season, taking the spot that was once occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo, but he would eventually return to normality after a short period where he was injured and right now it seems clear that the French player is worth more when he is sharing the attack with another goalscorer.
The French attacker always worked better when playing as a pivot, holding on to the ball and passing it to other teammates, scoring several times but also making plenty of assists. This way, the big issue for Real Madrid is finding a player that can especially be a relentless goalscorer that can be decisive on difficult matches and capitalize on the good football the team’s been playing from the back.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Casemiro, Isco or Vinícius Júnior are skilled in creating offensive football, but they need someone to put the ball in the back of the net with composure. But who will be that player and how much will they have to pay for him?
75 MILLION FOR HAALAND MIGHT PROVE TO BE AN ESCELLENT DEAL
The great attacker of European football right now is Erling Haaland who has been having an absolutely incredible season. Between RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, the young 19-year old Norwegian player already has 40 goals scored on the season and other 9 assists on only 33 official matches.
In the Bundesliga, Borussia’s player scores a goal per 55 minutes on the pitch and that is truly amazing for such a young player. He has been managing to clearly impose himself on the German side and now he can rapidly make the leap for another giant of European football.
— Fussball Brasil (@FussballBR) March 19, 2020
Many people doubted him when Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund in January, and now it seems clearer, since the player imposed himself at the club, improving his international reputation, and we should highlight that he signed a contract with a release clause of 75 million euros after next Summer.
This might be an excellent deal for both sides since Dortmund can secure a huge profit on a player in only 6 months, having triggered the player’s clause at RB Salzburg by only 20 million Euros and now sell him for almost 4 times the value, less than a year later.
Haaland would also profit from it because he would use the German club as a launch pad for an even bigger club such as Real Madrid for example, for an amount that’s affordable for the Spaniards.
Despite the feeling that Haaland is the most logical option at this stage, considering the value of his release clause
and his progression margin at only 19 years of age, the truth is that Zidane has other options in mind.
With Kylian Mbappe practically out of the picture in the short term since PSG might lose Neymar in the Summer and they won’t want to lose their 2 biggest stars at the same time, the merengue side can turn to RB Leipzig’s Time Werner.
The attacker of the German national team has been working his way up in European football and he already has 27 goals scored and 12 assists this season, but he is a more mobile and less lethal attacker in the box than Haaland, offering more unpredictability by appearing on zones less close to the box, but maybe not truly fulfilling the role that Real Madrid needs the most at this stage.
🇩🇪 The coronavirus crisis could keep Liverpool target Timo Werner at RB Leipzig, the club's sporting director Markus Krosche has told Sport1.
“Today, we are not able to gauge if the current numbers [transfer fees] are sustainable in six months from now." pic.twitter.com/hCfCRVgYfc
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 23, 2020
Werner is valued at 80 million Euros and at 24 years of age, he is one of the biggest assets of the club from Leipzig which means a deal would never be made by less than 60 million Euros. The other option that was suggested by the Spanish newspaper Marca is Lautaro Martinez. The young 22-year-old Argentinian attacker has been imposing himself at
Inter Milan this season with 16 goals scored.
In fact, he could be the less expensive option for the club and maybe an offer of around 40/50 million Euros would be enough to convince the board of Inter Milan to set him free, but just like Werner, I believe he doesn’t truly fit the profile desired by the Spanish club.
Erling Haaland could fit Real Madrid perfectly and who knows if Borussia Dortmund wouldn’t be willing to lower the price in case they received Luka Jovic in exchange, a player that stood out in the Bundesliga playing for Eintracht Frankfurt…