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Real Madrid are in desperate need of a true striker. With only one on the first team squad who is as reliable as a World Cup referee (I was going for unreliably, in case you couldn’t tell, cough cough Karim Benzema), Blancos manager is desperate to bring in reinforcements with Gonzalo Higuain likely out the rest of the campaign. Mourinho tried to plea to nab Emmanuel Adebayor on loan but that door appears to be shut, at least for the time being. Enter an experienced, prolific old man. Enter Miroslav Klose.

The out-of-favor 32-year-old German international reminds me so much of a previous Mourinho striker signing last season, Diego Milito. Both are 6 feet tall, are clinical and timely finishers, and can play extremely well in the right system (see most Mourinho-led squads). Klose’s agent has already said there is “a certain amount of interest” from Real Madrid. Although this deal seems unlikely on the surface, with Real Madrid Fiorentino Perez already claiming the club do not need a striker in the January transfer window, a cheap striker may catch the eye and interest of Perez. Klose has issued the following statement:

“My first point of contact is Bayern Munich….But I am open to anything and could seriously imagine a move within the Bundesliga or overseas.”

After losing his starting spot in a struggling Munich squad, the possibility of a Klose move seems more likely by the day. With Olic, Gomez, and Muller all ahead in the pecking order, Klose seems to be surplus at the Allianz Arena. Desperation from both sides may see this deal push through by the end of the transfer window and no one would be complaining. Klose would gain more appearances in Spain than Germany this campaign (only 7 to his name this season), have a chance to play as a lone striker, and prove he can play in another country besides Germany. Mourinho would get another striker in soccer socks, have a chance to play Benzema off the bench (I imagine one of his secret joys in life) and still use Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka in their natural positions. It seems to be a win-win situation for both sides. Perez will be a big impediment for the deal occurring and he may opt to wait until the end of 2012 to bring in the German, when Klose’s contract expires at Bayern Munich. The deal, however, could be attractive to the president as he would come in on the cheap, something Perez is not exactly used to in the Galatico Era.


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