Real Madrid has reportedly decided that PSG superstar will be far too expensive to bring to the Santiago Bernabeu and have pulled out of the race.
Real Madrid lost one of football’s modern legends in Cristiano Ronaldo, in what was a rather surprising transfer move to Juventus. The Serie A giant swooped in for the 33-year-old Portuguese star and left the La Liga giants searching for a potential replacement, but nothing has materialized so far for the Los Blancos.
However, new manager Julen Lopetegui has shortlisted a few of Europe’s best including the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Mauro Icardi, Eden Hazard and a few others to replace the five-time Ballon d’Or winning superstar. But despite their overflowing cash reserves, Florentino Perez and Real Madrid certainly do not want to panic and overspend on the wrong player.
Which is why things have been gone meticulously and carefully planned replacements have been researched as Real Madrid still search. But it looks like they’ve crossed one name off the list, with Real Madrid deeming him too expensive. According to reports from Calicomercato, Edinson Cavani has been removed from Lopetegui’s list of targets, as the Los Blancos boss considers him too old and further feel that he is far too expensive given the 31-year-old’s age.
This would mean that the Los Blancos have turned towards more viable targets like Mauro Icardi, Harry Kane and even Eden Hazard, but given their relative age, their transfer fee would be well over 100 million. However, with Juventus paying somewhere around that much for Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid can clearly afford to bring in a brand new Galactico this summer.
Stepping out of the race for Edinson Cavani makes complete sense for a club like Real Madrid. While there is no doubting the Uruguayan’s class and skill in front of goal, it’s his age that will prove to be the biggest stepping stone for the club. They need someone who can replace Ronaldo long-term and bringing in a 31-year-old certainly doesn’t make sense.