Old Trafford and Eastlands strikers on Jose Mourinho’s list of wanted men.
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Real Madrid have narrowed their summer list of striker targets to three, with Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, Manchester United’s Mexican Javier Hernandez and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez the primary targets.
Coach Jose Mourinho was dealt a blow by president Florentino Perez, who stated the club would not be adding any players in the January transfer window, and that the Portuguese had to work with what he had available.
Mourinho has stressed his desire to bring in a forward since arriving at the club during the summer, and he has yet to add to his squad despite the inconsistent form of Karim Benzema, and the back surgery that Gonzalo Higuain will undergo this week.
Of the three attackers mentioned, Llorente appears most likely, with speculation claiming that a deal had already been struck for the Spanish international, for a fee of €30 million. (Goal.com)
For a club of such gigantic proportions Real Madrid do not have a great deal of strength in depth in the attacking third of the field. Gonzalo Higuain is set to be out for some time and this has led to the realisation that Jose Mourinho doesn’t have that much in the way of back up. Karim Benzema has done well in terms of putting team mates in on goal during his time in the first team, however the Frenchman has netted just one La Liga goal in more than a dozen starts, which is shocking.
Mourinho’s moves for Tevez and Hernandez could be problematic. The Man City man did of course claim he wanted to leave the club but it appears a bigger wage and the signing of a good strike partner in the form of Edin Dzeko, appear to have pleased the Argentine.
Sir Alex Ferguson is probably pleasantly surprised at the speed with which Chicharito has taken to the English game, notching nine goals from ten starts, and he will not entertain notions of selling the young Mexican, which does seem to neatly lead to the presumption that Athletic Bilbao giant Fernando Llorente will be the man for the job, however don’t expect ‘The Special One’ to not make moves for the other two, he may feel that the lure of a move to the Spanish giants may tempt either Premier League star to consider an offer.
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