Real Madrid will look to aid their faltering attack with the capture of Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski, according to Don Balon. The report claims that the Bayern Munich striker is prepared to take a cut in pay in a bid to force through a move to the Bernabeu.
Lewandowski, 29, is apparently viewed as the ideal candidate to reinvigorate a Madrid strike force which has been less than prolific this season. With the indifferent from of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, with the latter having just one La Liga goal to his name in the current domestic campaign, and the long-running injury problems of Gareth Bale, it certainly seems that Los Blancos are in need of some fresh impetus up front.
The sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea last summer has proved a grave mistake on Florentino Perez’s part. With no recognised alternative to Benzema as Madrid’s no.9, the Frenchman’s dip in form has created a goal scoring void in Zinedine Zidane’s side which even the great Ronaldo has failed to compensate for.
Madrid currently sit third in La Liga and ten points behind leaders Barcelona, a gap which after twelve games of the domestic season in Spain is already beginning to look dauntingly unbridgeable on current form.
The 0-0 draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid last Saturday was perhaps the clearest indication that Real’s problems this season lie in their attacking ranks.
Whilst Sergio Ramos and co. never looked particularly troubled by the likes of Antoine Griezmann in the Ateltico attack, it was the inability of Zidane’s side’s front line to breach Diego Simeone’s solid rear-guard resistance which was most frustrating on Real’s part.
Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure without a definite role in a faltering and disconnected attacking setup, whilst Benzema was anonymous. The Frenchman was inevitably hauled off by Zidane on the 76th minute, replace by young prospect Marco Asensio who, tellingly, is Madrid’s second top-scorer this season with four goals.
The prospective arrival of Lewandowski would bring the Polish international’s deadeye finishing ability, a strong and commanding focal point around which to organise Madrid’s attacking play, and the assuring presence of a truly prolific goal scorer.
The Bayern striker currently leads the Bundesliga scoring charts with 13 goals, three ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with an impressive 78 minutes-per-goal ratio, according to BBC Sport.
Although he will turn 30 at the start of next season, Lewandowski remains one of Europe’s most fearsome attacking forces, and his addition to the current setup could provide Real Madrid with the consistently reliable attacking outlet which they are sorely lacking at present.