With just under three weeks until the 2018-19 La Liga season begins, Real Madrid still lack a replacement for record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese icon made the move to Juventus after nine years in Spain and there has been little activity at Santiago Bernabéu.
PSG duo Neymar and to a lesser extent, Kylian Mbappe, were the obvious names linked to filling the void but both superstars appear poised to staying with the French heavyweights for at least one more year.
Other candidates include Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski. The Belgian was his nation’s star performer in Russia and is simply too good to be playing in the Europa League this campaign. The Red Devils skipper proved himself on the world stage, particularly against Brazil and has often suggested he would like to turn out for Madrid at some stage in his career.
Equally, Lewandowski has made no secret of his desire of playing for the 13-time Champions League winners and is the most attainable Galactico. The player is adamant he wants to leave Bayern Munich, and at the age of 29, may not get another chance of a big move.
|Robert Lewandowski to join Real Madrid||2/1||Offer|
|Robert Lewandowski to stay at Bayern Munich||6/5||Offer|
Of course, much would depend on the Bavarians getting in a replacement, a forward capable of Lewandowski’s numbers. The Polish captain is a guarantee of 35+ goals a campaign and only Edinson Cavani and Harry Kane have similar statistics. The duo, who are fundamental to their respective sides PSG and Spurs, are not realistic options and Der FCB are expected to resist any offers if the Spaniards make their move.
In the event Lewandowski does force through his dream transfer, the Bundesliga champions could turn to Anthony Martial. It has been well documented the talented youngster does not see eye to eye with boss Jose Mourinho and is angling for a move before the summer window closes. The Frenchman began his Old Trafford career as a number nine, showing glimpses of his immense talent, and believes his natural position is through the middle.
For the wantaway player, his choices are limited. Manchester United have made it abundantly clear they will not sell Martial to a domestic rival and unless a bid comes in from abroad, will be playing his football under Mourinho until at least the New Year.
The clock is ticking for Lewandowski who has himself been linked with a move to the Reds, and much will depend on Madrid’s pursuit of Hazard, but the giant Pole will be an intriguing figure between now and the closure of the window.