Real Madrid are searching for star striker Karim Benzema’s backup as their only current option, Mariano Diaz could leave the club this summer. The Los Blancos have consistently failed to sign a deputy for Benzema, which has often hit them hard. However, the club has reportedly marked out former Manchester United and PSG striker Edinson Cavani as a potential backup for Benzema.
Real invested heavily in Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic back in 2019 after he netted 27 goals in 48 games in the 2018/19 season. However, his £56 million move to Santiago Bernabeu turned out to be a miserable where he only managed 3 goals in 51 games. The striker as a result was sent back on loan to Frankfurt in January last year, and now to Fiorentina this summer.
Real Madrid consider Cavani as a ‘low risk’ signing
Real rode on the back of Karim Benzema’s 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 games across all competitions last season to lift the La Liga as well as the Champions League titles. Benzema, who has turned 35 now would certainly need some rest for the upcoming seasons despite his heroics last year.
The Frenchman has been carrying the goal-scoring burden for Real Madrid since none at the club has matched his numbers after Cristiano Ronaldo left. Moreover, with the football calendar getting packed with the World Cup this year and the ongoing UEFA Nations League, Real will need a proper backup for Benzema who would deliver.
Cavani has been a similar profile to Benzema who has scored loads of goals at every club he played. The Uruguayan smashed 200 goals in 301 appearances for PSG, whereas netted 104 in 138 games for Napoli. Cavani was signed by Man United in 2020 on a free transfer from PSG.
United too signed Cavani as a backup for their young guns Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. The 35-year-old proved out to be a decent option scoring 19 goals in 51 games for United across two seasons. While the Red Devils released him this summer, Real Madrid are now looking to snap him up as a free agent.
The club hierarchy feels Cavani is a low-cost, low-risk options who would at least guarantee goals in double figures behind Benzema. Cavani too is looking to stay put in Europe for another year contrary to the rumours of him planning a return to his homeland.
However, Cavani’s last season was marred by injuries at United which didn’t allow him to get back to his best. Real will certainly keep the same in mind before making any concrete move for the 35-year-old striker.