It is no secret that Real Madrid could do with more options up front. Their only recognised striker in the squad right now is Joselu, who is only on a season-long loan from Espanyol. The Spanish international has done well with the opportunities that he has been given but most people recognise that he is only a short-term solution.
The likes of Jude Bellingham and more recently, Rodrygo, have contributed heavily in front of goal. Sooner or later, the club will need to find a long-term number 9.
They have been linked with high-profile names like Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Victor Osimhen and more. But Real Madrid are rumoured to hold an interest in some outside-of-the-box strikers as well.
One of them being Marcos Leonardo of Santos. The 20-year-old has been one of the best strikers in Brazil this season. Only four players have scored more than him in the Brazilian Serie A in this campaign and nobody younger than him. It is believed that he will be on his way to Europe soon.
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Several top European clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle United and more have been linked with Leonardo. In the case of Los Blancos, it does not look like a move is on the cards though.
As tweeted out by Madrid Universal, Fabrizio Romano said about the situation involving Leonardo and Real Madrid:
"“Marcos Leonardo? Real Madrid will not go for that type of striker. They are more than happy with Endrick who will arrive in 2024.”"
Of course, Real Madrid already have a deal in place with Palmeiras for Endrick, who will be arriving in the Spanish capital in the summer of 2024. The 17-year-old has been showing great promise recently and even appeared for the Brazilian national team.
As a result, it would make sense for Real Madrid to pass up on other young strikers and concentrate on developing Endrick. He has been compared to Ronaldo Nazario. That is a sky-high ceiling, to say the least.