Real Madrid are monitoring the 22-year-old German striker

There are two schools of thought regarding Karim Benzema’s future at Real Madrid. While some believe the club should start looking for long-term replacements, others believe the Frenchman has at least two more seasons at the top level and Madrid don’t need to rush.

According to reports from Ekrem KonourReal Madrid are in the hunt for 22-year-old Mainz striker Jonathan Burkardt who are considering signing the youngster.

Carlo Ancelotti has let Mariano Diaz know he doesn’t count on him, and Borja Mayoral’s future is also unclear. Clearly, there is an urgent need for a reliable backup option that can serve the long term as well.

Burkardt started his career at the Mainz academy before eventually being called up to the first team in 2018. Over the past four years with the Bundesliga outfit, he has gradually become an undisputed starter.

Last season, the 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Mainz, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists. With each passing season, his number of goals has only increased.

The centre-forward’s contract lasts until 2024 after which he will be available to sign a free transfer. If the club want to sign him this summer, however, he won’t come cheap.

Signing Burkardt is undoubtedly a gamble, but one that could pay off big if it succeeds.

If not the youngster, Ancelotti could also be looking to bring down Chelsea’s Timo Werner. The London-based club offered the German’s services to Los Blancos earlier today but it remains to be seen what Florentino Perez has in mind.

James R. Rhodes