Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid has taken a major toll on the defending Champions League Champions ability to score, and Santiago Solari has failed to fix Julen Lopetegui’s mess so far.
Even the Argentinian has admitted the team is struggling to make the most of their chances, with Karim Benzema far behind his prime and injured, Mariano Diaz and Gareth Bale also sidelined with injuries, and the team’s attacking midfielders far from their usual selves.
While Madrid has changed it’s ‘break the market’ policy since the Zidane era, it’s clear as water that the situation has become unbearable right now, with the team currently sitting at the 4th spot while trailing FC Barcelona by 10 points.
We all know they have enough cash in hand, and who wouldn't love to play for Real Madrid and carry Cristiano’s torch? Let’s take a look at 5 strikers injury-plagued Real Madrid could pursue to fix their goal-scoring woes.
5. Robert Lewandowski
According to some rumors, even Real’s players want Florentino Perez to pursue Robert Lewandowski, a standout striker that has been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu ever since leaving Borussia Dortmund to join FC Bayern.
Lewandowski is already 30 years old so perhaps the timing is a bit off for Los Blancos right now, but he’s one of the best finishers in the world, and a master at winning aerial duels. He’s used to winning it all with Bayern, so he’d welcome a new challenge in his career for sure.
4. Timo Werner
Timo Werner has been a major sensation in German soccer for two seasons in a row, and he’s been already tied with a move to Liverpool and Real Madrid before, so why not pull the trigger now?
The 22-year-old striker is also reportedly on Tottenham’s agenda amid Harry Kane’s concerning injury, so Madrid would need to be aggressive and quick in their pursuit for the German. This season, he’s scored 13 goals and 3 assists in 21 appearances.
3. Krzysztof Piatek
Real Madrid has already shown some interest in the Polish striker, who’s netted 19 goals to go along with 1 assist in 21 caps for Italian Side Genoa, being one of the hottest strikers in the world right now.
Piatek is just 23 years old and his asking price should round around the 25-30 million€, and he ’d be a perfect reinforcement to kick-start their rebuild as they try to go back to their former dominant self.
2. Harry Kane
Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and Real Madrid has had him on his agenda for a couple of seasons now. Tottenham won’t let him go without a fight, but Los Blancos have enough money and players to make a deal work.
As a matter of fact, they could even try and send often-injured Gareth Bale back home, where he had arguably the best years of his career. Kane is a beast in the box, and playing ahead of Modric and Kroos will grant him dozens of chances per game.
1. Mauro Icardi
Even while the Argentinian has always had a lot of praise for FC Barcelona, he’s been closely tied with a move to Real Madrid for several years, as he’s already outgrown Inter and the Italian Serie A, and he’s ready to take a step forward in his promising career.
Icardi is one of the best strikers in the world and Madrid can meet Inter’s price demands with ease. He’s one of the best scorers in the world right now, and the kind of big-name signing that could bring back faith to Santiago Bernabeu, especially now that he decided not to sign a contract extension with his team.