Bernabeu boss has interest in Old Trafford, Anfield and Etihad Stadium goal-getters.
Jose Mourinho continues to be scouting Europe’s top talents as he looks to bring in striking reinforcements to the Bernabeu and reportedly among his targets at Man United youngster Javier Hernandez, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and most realistically Man City striker Carlos Tevez.
Spanish sources state that the Real Madrid manager is keen to beef up his attacking options after seeing his side become too dependent on the goal-scoring prowess of attacker Cristiano Ronaldo. Last season the La Liga giants had their stickiest period when Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain was ruled out with a herniated disc and this led to Mourinho having to rely on Karim Benzema and then on loan Emmanuel Adebayor to provide the fire-power and neither option appears to have satisfied the ‘Special One’.
Real Madrid have spent over £45m this summer to bring in the likes of Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop from the Bundesliga and Fabio Coentrao from Benfica, among others, but have not addressed those striking concerns as yet and with time running out before the transfer window slams shut, one wonders if Mourinho will be able to lure a big name striker in time.
Of those targeted it seems that Carlos Tevez would be the only player likely to make the move to the Spanish club and with Roberto Mancini already having brought in Sergio Aguero to fill the spot an offer that matches Man City’s reported £50m asking price would probably be accepted but it seems that Real Madrid, like Inter Milan, are not willing to pay the asking price.
Sir Alex Ferguson will not listen to offers for Javier Hernandez but that does not mean that Jose Mourinho isn’t keen on the Mexican, especially as his youth fits in well with Real Madrid’s policy of snapping up the best young talents across Europe to play alongside the backbone of talent already at the club.
Chicharito has been a huge success at Old Trafford, pushing Dimitar Berbatov out of the first team picture and forming a successful partnership with Wayne Rooney up front.
However it is worth remembering Real Madrid’s penchant for Man United star’s and six months before Cristiano Ronaldo left the Premier League side for Spain no one would have thought it a possibility and the likes of David Beckham and Ruud Van Nistelrooy have also made the same move in recent seasons.
Similarly Liverpool will not entertain offers for Luis Suarez who only arrived at Anfield in January and is already something of a cult hero at the club. The combination of the Uruguayan and England international Andy Carroll appears to be Kenny Dalglish’s chosen strike pairing.
Suarez has already shown he can make the leap from the Dutch Eredivisie to the Premier League but is surely unlikely to consider offers from any of Europe’s elite so soon after arriving on Merseyside.
The option of continuing with the current options available to Jose Mourinho seems a dangerous one that the Real Madrid boss can ill afford to consider. For all the obvious talent that the club possess it seems hugely problematic to rely so heavily on just two proven strikers (Benzema and Higuain), not least because one of those is very much a confidence player who had a poor first season at the club and the other spent three months out injured very recently.
A lot may be expected of youngster Jose Callejon who arrived from Espanyol in May, and one can not imagine that Mourinho will not want to bring in one of the strikers on his wish-list before the transfer window closes.