Real Madrid confirm search for striker
espn.com. Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has confirmed they are in the market for a striker after this week losing Gonzalo Higuain for a lengthy period.
That would mean Higuain is unlikely to be obtainable again until the final weeks of the season and would leave Madrid coach Jose Mourinho with Karim Benzema as his only senior centre-forward.
Higuain underwent an operation on his back injury in Chicago on Tuesday and the doctor who performed the surgery confirmed afterwards the Argentina international would be absent for between two and four months.
On January 5, coach Jose Mourinho indicated a replacement for Higuain was unlikely but the club appears to have changed its tune given the length of his absence as Valdano admitted on Thursday night they are taking a look at options.
“We are exploring the market now the uncertainty around Higuain has been resolved. We’ll see if they can discover a player who can help us for seven months,” said Valdano following Madrid’s 3-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg win over local rivals Atletico.
“Many names are being mentioned and it’s best not to go in to details. But it’s true they are looking for a number nine,” they said in AS.
Numerous strikers have been linked with the french giants, including Miroslav Klose, Emmanuel Adebayor and Nelson Haedo Valdez, but Valdano preferred not to comment on possible targets.