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Kane, Mbappe and Osimhen – A look at Real Madrid’s possible striking targets

Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Victor Osimhen (Peter Byrne/Nick Potts/Mike Egerton/PA)
Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Victor Osimhen (Peter Byrne/Nick Potts/Mike Egerton/PA) Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Victor Osimhen (Peter Byrne/Nick Potts/Mike Egerton/PA)

Real Madrid are in the market for a new centre-forward after announcing Karim Benzema’s departure.

The France international scored 354 goals in 648 appearances to become Real’s second all-time top scorer, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, during a 14-year stay in the Spanish capital.

Here, the PA news agency runs the rule over the main contenders to succeed Benzema at the Bernabeu.

Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Harry Kane broke the 30-goal barrier for Tottenham again this season (John Walton/PA)

England captain Kane would appear to be a natural fit for Real given his unceasing ability to score goals for Tottenham.

Kane, who has one year left on his Spurs contract, turns 30 next month, but that is unlikely to put Real off a striker who is the Premier League’s second highest goalscorer and will be strongly coveted by Manchester United and others this summer.

Real have tempted Gareth Bale and Luka Modric away from Tottenham in the past and might be hopeful of striking a deal, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy unwilling to sell Kane to a Premier League rival in the past.

Kylian Mbappe

Argentina v France – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Final – Lusail Stadium
Argentina v France – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Final – Lusail Stadium France star Kylian Mbappe was linked with Real Madrid before signing a new contract at Paris St Germain (Martin Rickett/PA)

The World Cup winner was seemingly on his way to Madrid last summer before choosing to stay at Paris St Germain and chase Champions League glory there.

Like Kane, Mbappe comes with a goals guarantee as he has scored more than 200 for PSG, but the Frenchman has more time on his side than the England forward as he does not celebrate his 25th birthday until December.

Mbappe is a thrilling spectacle in full flight and releasing him from his eye-watering PSG contract, which runs until June 2025, might take a world record transfer fee.

Victor Osimhen

Leicester City v Napoli – UEFA Europa League – Group C – King Power Stadium
Leicester City v Napoli – UEFA Europa League – Group C – King Power Stadium Victor Osimhen’s goals fired Napoli to the Serie A title in Italy (Mike Egerton/PA)

Napoli’s first Serie A title for 33 years was fuelled by the goals of Osimhen.

The 24-year-old Nigeria star scored 26 goals in 32 games, with the 6ft 1in striker’s game based around pace, power and athleticism.

Osimhen has two years remaining on his current Napoli deal and has also attracted interest from Manchester United, with Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag known to be a big admirer.

Kai Havertz

Chelsea v Aston Villa – Premier League – Stamford Bridge
Chelsea v Aston Villa – Premier League – Stamford Bridge Real Madrid have been linked with a surprise move for Chelsea forward Kai Havertz (John Walton/PA)

On the face of it, Germany international Havertz would appear to be a strange replacement for goal machine Benzema.

It would not be a like-for-like signing as the 23-year-old Havertz, in a false nine role, struggled to provide the goals Chelsea needed last season.

But his tactical intelligence could enable him to dovetail well with Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior and Real could get a reduction on the £76million Chelsea paid Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz in 2020.

Jonathan David

Croatia v Canada – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group F – Khalifa International Stadium
Croatia v Canada – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Group F – Khalifa International Stadium Jonathan David played for Canada at the 2022 World Cup and has been a scoring hit at French club Lille (Adam Davy/PA)

Canada striker David has a growing reputation for club and country and seems ready to step on to a bigger stage after spells in Belgium and France.

The 23-year-old has scored over 50 Ligue 1 goals for Lille since joining from Gent in 2020, 24 of them coming this season.

David is known for his pace and versatility, as well his pressing ability out of possession, and can also operate as a second striker.