It was widely expected that Real Madrid would go out and sign a world-class striker this summer. Karim Benzema left the club at the end of last season in order to join Al-Ittihad, leaving a major void up top. Los Blancos have not really filled that though. Joselu has been signed on loan from Espanyol. While the Spaniard is a good player without doubt, he is not someone you would expect to score 30 goals per season.
The club were linked with players like Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez, Kylian Mbappe, Dusan Vlahovic and a few others. But did not end up signing a forward.
Another player they were linked with is Randal Kolo Muani, who signed with PSG for a transfer fee believed to be around €90 million. And there seems to be a reason why Real Madrid did not make a push for him.
As reported by The Athletic, Mario Cortegana explained that they made little effort for Randal Kolo Muani because the fee would have been between €90 million to €100 million. They feared another “Jovic case”.
Why Real Madrid did not sign €90 million player explained
Of course, Real Madrid signed Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee believed to be around €60 million. He was coming off a 27-goal season with the Bundesliga club.
Things clearly did not go Jovic’s way in the Spanish capital though. He would score just 3 goals during his Real Madrid career and currently finds himself at AC Milan.
Since that move, Real Madrid’s transfer policy seems to have undergone a bit of a transformation where they are looking to sign either some of the best talents around the world before they reach their potential or proven players, who represent very little risk. Kolo Muani did have a superb 2022/23 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt. But can he maintain that?