Real Madrid Transfers: 3 forwards to sign instead of Erling Haaland

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Leeds, Raphinha
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Leeds RW Raphinha

The final player on this list is the biggest name of them because of his success in the Premier League, but he may be the least compelling due to cost and age. But at 25, Raphinha qualifies as a young player, and he is absolutely an exciting left-footed right winger. If Real Madrid cannot get an Antony deal done with Ajax for whatever reason, then the Leeds man is worth looking into as a backup plan.

Leeds probably won’t get relegated, so Raphinha may not come cheap. But if Real Madrid come knocking, they can maybe push Raphinha into pressuring Leeds. In any case, there are already big clubs lurking, such as Real’s rivals Barcelona. Raphinha is not exactly a hidden secret in football.

So far this season, he has scored an excellent 9 goals with 3 assists, making him one of the best-scoring right wingers in football. Marco Asensio may have nearly as many goals for Real Madrid, but Raphinha is scoring in a more difficult situation and also providing much, much better dribbling and assist numbers than the one-dimensional Asensio. Raphinha would be a massive upgrade on the Spanish forward.

I mean, look at the underlying numbers. With 2.1 key passes per game, 2.1 dribbles completed per game, and 1.4 fouls drawn per game, Raphinha could add some much-needed dynamism to the right side of the Real Madrid formation, which has been embarrassing and sluggish in far too many matches this season against both big and “small” clubs.

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Raphinha is not the favorite option, but he is absolutely one of the top options and someone Real Madrid should have interest in, especially if, for some reason, his price drops. You never know what deals are out there in the transfer market. Just look at how cheaply Real got Eduardo Camavinga last summer!