Real Madrid are going to continue probing for more silverware next season and will look for signings despite a tight financial situation.
Real Madrid are already planning for next season having already sealed La Liga last week. Zinedine Zidane has to take on Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, but that’s still a couple more weeks away from now. The Frenchman has started to think about how his squad would look like for next season and wants defensive reinforcements.
At the heart of his backline, Zizou has Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez at disposal. However, the manager isn’t impressed by the performances put in by Nacho and will be ready to offload him for someone of greater calibre should he see a possibility, Diario GOL has claimed.
Los Blancos are also going to get rid of some players who Zidane doesn’t consider a part of his plans. Former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic is one of them after he has failed to make an impression following a 65 million euro transfer across from Germany last summer. Napoli are one of the latest entrants for his services and the Whites are hoping to benefit.
Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been on the club’s radar since a few months now and it looks like the Italian giants are fine with parting with their star man for 80 million euros. Manchester City and Manchester United have particularly have been linked with him, but a discounted price tag for Ramos’ potential successor has enticed Los Merengues too.
Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, is one of the world’s best defenders and adds massive solidity at the back. With their captain ageing, Real Madrid had thought about Koulibaly as an ideal partner to Raphael Varane but signing him right now, even if it means for a discounted price as compared to his previous value of 100 million euros.
Sergio Ramos has just had a season of his lifetime and his fitness levels have also peaked since the restart of football in Spain. Honestly speaking, he doesn’t look as if he is a 34-year-old. With that being said, he is going to be an indispensable member of the Madrid squad for the next few years at least and continue with his pairing beside Varane.
In the event that Koulibaly signs up for the club, one of the two primary defenders would be left unhappy as the Senegal international will want a crucial role in the squad as well. Plus, the 28-year-old is at his prime and wouldn’t want to spend his best years rotating with central defenders who are perhaps better than him anyway.
While the plan to bring in Koulibaly seems ambitious from Madrid, it’s better if they wait a few more years to capture any more emerging talents. If not, then they will always have options such as Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt who are still in their developmental phases and will be open to a move to one of the world’s biggest clubs.
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