Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will reportedly use a sudden La Liga break caused by the coronavirus outbreak to devise a plan for summer recruitment
Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new striker to spearhead the line after Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic both proved to be unable to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus.
Indeed, since the Portuguese superstar left the Santiago Bernabeu, it was Karim Benzema, who has taken all responsibility on his shoulders, participating in 40% of Los Blancos’ La Liga goals scored so far this season.
But, the 32-year-old Frenchman needs support in the attacking third, which is something Florentino Perez will be looking to deliver at the end of the season.
Although the Paris Saint-Germain hotshot Kylian Mbappe remains at the top of Perez’s wishlist, the Parisians are eager to fend off suitors and will make it as difficult as they can for the Madrid giants to get the deal over the line.
Therefore, Los Merengues will have to decide on whether to pursue their long-term interest in Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane or instead try to capture Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, as per the Daily Express.
Zidane has been keeping his eye on the England international for quite some time now, and if Spurs fail to secure Champions League football this term, the summer may as well be his best chance to strike a deal.
The 26-year-old could be living his last months in north London, as the lure of winning silverware away from Tottenham may prove too tempting to resist if the opportunity presents itself at the end of the season.
Kane, who has missed the majority of the second part of the season due to an injury, has recently returned to training, as he informed his followers on Twitter.
Love being back on the grass with a ball at my feet 😍💪 pic.twitter.com/9b8klAmFmw— Harry Kane (@HKane) March 9, 2020
Manchester United are also credited with an interest in the England captain, but it seems that Zidane is the frontrunner in this race at the moment.
If the French manager opts to discard his interest in Kane, the only viable option he could consider is the red-hot Dortmund hitman, Erling Braut Haaland.
The Norwegian goal-machine has emerged as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe ever since making his Champions League breakthrough with RB Salzburg and has continued to impress at the Signal Iduna Park.
Haaland turned down a switch to Old Trafford in January to link up with Lucien Favre’s side, where he has continued to demonstrate his ‘killer instinct’ but also showcased some of his other talents, such as speed and technique.