Real Madrid Transfers: 7 forwards to avoid panic buying

Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /
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Liverpool, Sadio Mane (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Liverpool, Sadio Mane (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid’s mission to sign Kylian Mbappe has failed, with the Frenchman breaking his verbal agreement to renew with Paris Saint-Germain. Mbappe, who was intended to be the central figure of Florentino Perez’s project, staying at PSG means that the club needs a plan B.

But as per Josep Pedrerol, who’s one of Florentino Perez’s close friends, there is no plan B and the club does not plan to sign any other player in that position. On the other hand, a lot of names are being linked to Real Madrid by some of the journalists.

The club will look to strengthen the squad this summer by focusing on the areas to improve. I hope the club doesn’t make panic signings to recover from this blow, as they did in 2019 after a trophyless season, by signing Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic for a combined fee of more than 160 million euros.

Real Madrid does need players like Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, but they need to rule out some attackers from their wishlist this summer, and instead focus on players who can be proper alternatives to Mbappe. Let us have a look at the players who shouldn’t be signed in panic.

Liverpool LW Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is amongst the star names in Premier League, and he is someone who has been linked to Real Madrid this season. He is touted to be a Ballon d’Or contender by the English media, and he has been a fine player this season, winning multiple trophies for club and country and registering 23 goals and 5 assists this season.

But he is someone whose best position is the left-wing, a position that is owned by Vinicius Junior. Even if a star of Mane’s stature arrives at the club, I don’t think there is any reason why a Vinicius with a higher contribution from the left needs to adjust. After all, the team’s need is a right-winger who can score goals consistently.

AC Milan LW Rafael Leao

Rafael Leao has been one of AC Milan’s breakout stars this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting ten more in Milan’s successful Serie A season. He is a highly talented player and has done enough to be considered among Europe’s top prospects. And MARCA has cited that the board is considering the Portuguese as an option.

But I think Real Madrid is a step too big for Rafael Leao at the moment, and the club needs to wait for another season before having serious interest in Leao, instead of taking the risk. They shouldn’t be panicked into buying a highly talented youngster for big bucks after missing out on a generational talent. Leao does have the ability to play through the middle, but he’s primarily a left-winger, and his best comes from a position that is already occupied by Vinicius Jr. This is the most important thing the club must keep in mind while eyeing any other left-winger.