Real Madrid are considering signing a striker to account for the departure of Alvaro Morata, who is about to join Juventus.
Madrid are competing on six fronts next season – the League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Super Cup, the Super Copa and the Club World Cup – and want a squad that can cope.
But Morata’s €20m move to Serie A means Karim Benzema is the only out-and-out centre-forward at the club, causing Los Blancos’ hierarchy to look into alternatives.
Radamel Falcao’s name has been mentioned but concern remains over the status of the knee injury that ended his Monaco season and ruled the Colombia international out of the World Cup.
But Falcao would take a pay cut from his €14m Monaco wage to move to Madrid and his club are thought to be willing to negotiate.
Alvaro Negredo is, according to AS, another name under consideration. He previously played for Real Madrid Castilla before he was sold to Sevilla for €14m. He joined Manchester City last summer but lost his place under Manuel Pellegrini in the second half of the season.
Romelu Lukaku is the final name suggested and he is considered the most like Morata due to his age. But he also has experience, playing and scoring regularly at West Bromwich Albion and Everton while on loan from Chelsea and appearing at this summer’s World Cup.