Friday, August 20, 2010

Real Madrid in Search of a New Striker

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is now reportedly looking for a new striker before the summer transfer window closes. The former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss has already strengthened his midfield by signing some quality players like Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and winger Angel di Maria.

Now, Mourinho has turned to bolster his attack by signing a quality striker who could be an effective partner or reserve for Gonzalo Higuain. Reports available in the media suggest that Mourinho is keen on Chelsea strike Didier Drogba and Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor.

Signing Drogba would really be difficult for the Portuguese because the Blues, in the first place, would not like to let someone go who was instrumental behind the team’s Premier League triumph last season. Secondly, even if Drogba is convinced to join his former boss at Madrid, Chelsea would expectedly put a huge price tag on the Ivory Coast international.

Comparatively, Adebayor could be an easier bargain for Real. The Togo international is said to have fallen down in the City’s pecking order following the arrival of Italian youngster Mario Balotelli recently. Moreover, manager Mancini handed the captaincy to Carlos Tevez- meaning Adebayor’s first team opportunities could be limited this season. The player is reportedly considering a move away from City this summer.

However, Real Madrid general director, Jorge Valdano, seems to have no intention of buying any new player; rather he wants to off-load some players from the midfield which has already been crowded. The players who could be sold this summer are Fernando Gago, Rafael van der Vaart, Lassana Diarra and Mahamadou Diarra.

However, Mourinho looks less interested to off-load all these midfielders. Specially, he wants to keep Lassana Diarra. Now, it would be interesting to see if Real Madrid officials arrange the necessary fund for Mourinho to land a new striker.

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