Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard is playing a superagent’s role by convincing one of his former teammates and close friends to sign with the Spanish giants.
Over the last few years, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been doing a lot of business together. Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard switched pastures from London to Madrid while Alvaro Morata and Mateo Kovacic have gone the other way. The two European giants could once again be making the headlines on the transfer front.
Don Balon has reported that Eden Hazard has convinced his former Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante to sign for Los Blancos. Zinedine Zidane has asked Florentino Perez to add a defensive midfielder to his roster after struggling to cope up without Casemiro. While Eduardo Camavinga was being closely monitored, Kante has been kept tabs on as well.
Casemiro has shown that he is indispensable in the squad and statistically also, it has been proven. Without the Brazil international in their starting eleven, the Whites have visibly struggled to win the ball in the central areas of the park and transit it further forward to create chances. Additionally, he has had no natural back-up.
Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos have occasionally stepped into impeded positions but come nowhere close to matching the former Porto loanee at defensive midfield. As a result, it is imperative that a holding midfielder is signed in accordance to Zidane’s wishes during the summer. But whether Kante is the right choice remains to be seen.
As such, Chelsea have been productive in the transfer market and have splashed money on signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and also want to add the likes of Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz onto their roster. In order to do so, selling players is necessary to balance the accounts and Kante is thought to be among those who could be driven away.
Los Blancos will easily afford the 60 million euro Frenchman but he is certainly not the player they should sign for several reasons.
First and foremost, the France international will demand a starting berth and neither Kante nor Casemiro would settle as fringe players. Catering to both their needs will be another headache for Zidane, who already has a huge squad.
Moreover, the former Leicester City superstar is 29 years old and someone nearing the end of his career shouldn’t be signed as a replacement for a Casemiro, who is 28. Additionally, Kante is better at intercepting and winning ground balls, but probably loses out on the aerial battles as his a result of his short stature.
Winning aerial second chances is crucial in La Liga, where most teams play out from the back unlike the Premier League and in that regard, he may not be a hit at Real Madrid.
Camavinga fits the bill all things considered. Rennes value him at 65 million euros and he is just 17 years old. Standing at six feet, he is physically powerful and would be a better addition to the Madrid roster than Kante.