Erling Haaland will join Manchester City in the summer and the rest of Europe’s elite clubs are not in search of an unearthed gem to strengthen their attacks.
Real Madrid are one of the clubs who are combing the market in their bid to find the next big thing, a young striker who can provide them with a guaranteed number of goals every year for the next decade.
Karim Benzema took over from Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has had no help over the last three seasons. Neither Luka Jovic nor Mariano Diaz have managed to deliver, while Vinicius Junior has picked up momentum this season and Rodrygo has stood out in the last few games.
“We want the best in the world,” Real Madrid say, who are in search of a player who will complement Kylian Mbappe in attack.
Fede Valverde, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Eduardo Camavinga are examples of Real Madrid’s efforts to sign prodigious players and help them develop at the club.
There is no rush for Los Blancos, as the presence of Benzema and the more than likely signing of Mbappe gives them time to contemplate their next move.
More space without Haaland
It may sound strange, but Haaland’s move to Man City, may young Brazilian forward Endrick could decide to join Real Madrid.
Should the Norwegian have joined Real Madrid, the Palmeiras striker’s environment believe that a move to Los Blancos would have been complicated.
The Brazilian prodigy could arrive at Real Madrid in two seasons’ time, but if Haaland had signed for Los Blancos, the doors would have been completely closed for Endrick.
When Endrick will have just turned 18, the Norwegian will be 24, which would make it impossible for both to enjoy equal playing time.
The Palmeiras striker is one of the options being considered by Real Madrid. He is a unique talent, as all the sporting directors who have seen him play have admitted. Endrick is a Real Madrid target, but the club cannot approach him for the time being due to his young age.
Endrick and Moukoko
Youssoufa Moukoko is another youngster who has impressed with his recent performances. After playing in the youth sides of Borussia Dortmund, the 17-year-old forward has already made the leap into the first team, but he is seen as a player with less potential than the Brazilian.
The striker of the Benfica side which won the UEFA Youth League, Henrique Araujo, is another prodigious player with huge potential, with Jorge Mendes being his agent. Red Bull Salzburg’s Roko Simic is another of those youngsters currently on Real Madrid’s radar.
The other options
Meanwhile, Real Madrid could also set sights on young strikers who are already in the elite, but they have yet to be considered as stars. The only issue with this category of players, is that their transfer fee would be high, but Los Blancos wouldn’t rule out making a move if there is an opportunity in the market.
Julian Alvarez was one such striker, but he was also signed by Manchester City. Aleksander Isaak is one of those players too. He once came close to joining Madrid but opted for Borussia Dortmund.