Florentino Perez, Carlo Ancelotti, and Real Madrid’s toughest challenge this summer will be replacing Karim Benzema. The Frenchman recently chose to leave the club after 14 years, with a move to Al-Ittihad finalized last week.
Benzema’s departure leaves a significant need that must be effectively replaced, and Real Madrid does have choices to do so. Several names have been mentioned, including Harry Kane and Kai Havertz, while Kylian Mbappe has emerged as a possibility following doubts about his future at PSG.
While Mbappe is more likely to be signed next summer, when his contract at PSG expires, Real Madrid requires an instant solution, which Kane and/or Havertz would provide, albeit both deals have drawbacks.
Dusan Vlahovic is another possibility for Real Madrid. According to Sport, the Serbian striker might join the club this summer, either on loan or permanently.
Juventus are willing to let Vlahovic go as a result of their failure to qualify for the Champions League due to a points deduction. A loan would require the 23-year-old’s whole salary to be covered, which would cost roughly €12 million, whilst a sale would cost around €70 million.
Signing Vlahovic would be a wise move for Real Madrid, with a permanent contract making the most sense. Although his time at Juventus has been disappointing thus far, Vlahovic has the potential to become one of the top strikers in the world, and he could undoubtedly accomplish so at Real Madrid.
It would be more risky than signing Kane or Mbappe this summer, but it would also be a cheaper deal for a younger player. Even if it doesn’t work out, Real Madrid will very certainly be able to repay their investment.
Carlo Ancelotti can undoubtedly bring out the best in Vlahovic, as he did with Benzema during the 2021-22 season. Signing him now will also allow him to develop chemistry with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, which will be crucial in the future.
Even if Real Madrid is unwilling to sign Vlahovic on a long-term basis, with Endrick arriving at the club next summer, a one-year deal for €12 million is not a bad deal, but spending that much on a loan is certainly questionable, when Joselu and Roberto Firmino can be signed for much less, though it is questionable whether either can be Real Madrid’s first-choice.
Real Madrid will make important decisions in the next weeks, but Vlahovic should be considered as a Benzema successor. At €70 million and only 23 years old, it may be remembered as an incredible piece of business in a decade’s time.