The Whites want to sign an experienced striker following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s exit and need reinforcements at the top of the pitch.
Karim Benzema, who struggled for goals last season, and rising star Marco Asensio are Julen Lopetegui’s only out-and-out forward options heading into the new campaign, while the club are unlikely to burden Vinicius Junior with too much responsibility, too soon.
That has led to speculation Cavani could arrive in the Spanish capital, though the 31-year-old isn’t available on the cheap.
Real’s interest in Eden Hazard has also seemingly cooled, though club president Florentino Perez is desperate to make a marquee acquisition.
Cavani, to a large extent, would fill that void.
New Juventus star Ronaldo finished his nine-year spell with Real having plundered 450 goals while Raul, the one-club legend who left in 2010, managed 323 across 741 appearances.
Los Blancos fans hold Raul especially dear to their hearts as he came through their youth system and hit the ground running when he was just a teenager.
And right-back Carvajal, himself a youth product at the Bernabeu, insists Raul and not Ronaldo is the true historic figure associated with the club.
Asked who he saw as the best ever to play for Madrid, Carvajal said: “Raul. I identify with him a lot.
“He is a squad player, a player who won everything based on work and effort.
“I think it’s not the player that you say, ‘He’s the fastest, he’s the one who has the best control of the ball, the one who better heads-up’.
“But he did everything right. For the goals he has done, for what he has given Real Madrid, for me – he is the flagship player of Real Madrid.”
Welcome to another frenetic day in the world of Real Madrid – my name’s David Cooper and we’ll be bringing you every tidbit that emerges from the Bernabeu on Thursday.
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12:00 – Dani Carvajal says Raul, not Cristiano Ronaldo, deserves to be known as club’s greatest-ever player
Dani Carvajal has sparked debate among Real Madrid fans over who should be known as club’s foremost legend.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise who the Spain right-back, and Madrid youth product, has gone for – a home-grown great. Read more here.
10:30 – Edinson Cavani to Real Madrid talk ramps up
They can’t coax Kylian Mbappe to Madrid in this transfer window, and apparently not Neymar, so they’ve settled for a third option from Paris Saint-Germain. And he’s a good one.
Click here for the latest reports linking Cavani to a mega move to the Bernabeu.