Real Madrid might be getting closer to securing their first signing for the summer transfer window from Spanish rivals.
After a highly lackluster and trophyless 2018-2019 season, Real Madrid seemed to finally have bounced back from the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo and won the La Liga title for the 2019-2020 season. After a series of disappointing performances by different managers, Zinedine Zidane was appointed again to rebuild the team and find back their winning ways. The Frenchman did a very good job at it but still failed to put up a good Champions League campaign.
In the match against Manchester City, the main issue that the Merengues had was their defense, which was falling apart in the absence of their captain Sergio Ramos. Although, the defense of the Whites has been phenomenal in the league this season, breaking records for the least number of goals they have ever conceded in their history, without Ramos it seemed to just crumble.
Real have an excellent midfield and goalkeeper, but they have a defense and attack they could further improve on. Regarding the firepower up front, they need a star signing that could aid Karim Benzema in scoring goals as he is the only one scoring goals for the Spanish giants.
But the signing of a star player is ruled out as club president Florentino Perez said that Los Blancos would not be spending a lot of money this window due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The defense, however, could use some young and pacy legs to compliment it and it won’t be as expensive to achieve. One player that Zidane and Perez both are reportedly keeping tabs on is Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
The 21-year-old arrived from Bordeaux last season for a sum of 25 million euros and has been nothing but efficient this season. With good performances in the Spanish League and the Europa League as well, the youngster could be a great addition to the team.
But the problem arises as Julien Lopetegui would not cash in on the player for a price below or around 25 million, but will be looking for a sum along the lines of 50 million euros. A price in which Real Madrid cannot match this transfer window.
Hopes are not lost though, the Spanish sides share a good relationship and with the recent transfer of Oscar Rodriguez to Sevilla the bonds have only gotten stronger. Madrid currently has a lot of excess players they are looking to get rid of with names like James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, so a player plus cash swap deal is also not out of the question.
Image Credits- (c) Jules Kounde Twitter