Germany’s best player is on the list of Real Madrid transfer targets

If Mariano and Borja Mayoral depart the club this summer, Real Madrid may begin the season without a reliable Karim Benzema backup.

The finest backup options for the French striker are listed below based on attackers that have Benzema’s style and statistics.

Duvan Zapata 


Zapata is a strong striker who has many characteristics with Benzema. There is seldom a greater shooting match for Benzema, despite the fact that he may not score as many goals.

The Colombian has 39.7 percent of his shots on target, compared to Benzema’s 39.8 percent. He has 13 goals and 7 assists for Atalanta the previous season. 

Andrej Kramaric 


Like Benzema, the Croatian attacker is a lethal finisher. His anticipated goals and assists come to 17.9. He performed better the previous season, contributing to 19 goals across all competitions.

Kramaric, like Benzema, enjoys assisting in the development of his team’s attacks, which is why he had as many as 11 assists in the previous campaign. 

Luis Muriel 


Similar to Zapata, Muriel is another Colombian striker for Atalanta who has excelled in Serie A.

The 31-year-old is a predator in the penalty area and scores 0.54 goals on average each game. That’s not terrible for someone who might come off the bench to take Benzema’s spot. 

Gerard Moreno 


Although Benzema is the superior finisher in Europe, the Spaniard is a tricky striker who has many similarities to the Frenchman.

Given that Moreno is valued at €40 million and has a long-term deal with Villarreal, obtaining him may be challenging. However, if Madrid chooses to sign him, they would be getting a solid finisher. 

Christopher Nkunku 


Nkunku, perhaps the greatest of the bunch, has proven his talent and superiority while playing for RB Leipzig. The Frenchman now averages 0.64 goals every 90 minutes.

But Nkunku’s game is more than just scoring. He makes deep passes, just like Benzema, to assist his team win and maintain the ball. With 134 shot-generating actions last season, he was even more adept at creating opportunities than Karim Benzema was for Real Madrid in La Liga (124). 

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