Real Madrid are willing to spend big in order to land a sublime Manchester City playmaker, but signing him could have negative impacts on the squad.
Real Madrid have been in exquisite form since the end of lockdown and have won each of their last six La Liga fixtures. A win over Getafe sent them four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table and three clean sheets on the bounce mean that Zinedine Zidane’s men continue proving they are worthy contenders and an overall package.
While the squad is incredibly good, a few additions could be made in the summer to strengthen the Whites’ bid for next season’s UEFA Champions League. Diario GOL has reported that Los Blancos are now plotting a blockbuster move for Manchester City’s best player in Kevin De Bruyne during the upcoming transfer window.
Kevin De Bruyne has been at the top of his game for Pep Guardiola’s side and there’s every reason to believe he could be a contender for the best player’s award by the end of this year. Since restarting football, the attacking midfielder has scored four goals and his most recent display against Liverpool showed the excellence in the Belgian’s feet.
Pep Guardiola has been full of praise for the ex-Chelsea superstar and considers him irreplaceable, but the manager isn’t one of those who would hang onto a player who may not be happy. In spite of really good form, De Bruyne may be compelled into leaving the Etihad Stadium in light of City’s UEFA Champions League ban for two years.
The Belgium international is already 29 and as yet, he’s not got his hands on perhaps the biggest trophy on show in club football- the Champions League. Needless to say, Los Blancos under Zinedine Zidane are specialists at winning the European Cup so there’s every reason to believe that De Bruyne would want to join one of the world’s greatest clubs.
Florentino Perez on his part already has plans in place as to how he will sanction a deal for the midfielder. The 73-year-old Madrid chief has already pocketed 40 million euros by selling Achraf Hakimi and could sell both, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez shortly. He is optimistic about affording Kevin De Bruyne comfortably should two more sales be made.
De Bruyne is a world-class midfielder and perhaps the best in Europe, but the player being signed by the Merengues could signal a bad transfer decision. First, it’s never optimal to spend 130 million euros on a player nearing his 30s and definitely not when your squad boasts the likes of Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard.
Madrid’s two young midfielders are making huge strides and landing KDB to the Spanish capital would simply hinder either of their growth. Toni Kroos and Casemiro will continue being indispensable for as long as they retire and with Modric nearing the end of his career, it’s Valverde as well as Odegaard in contention to replace him.
Additionally, it seems unlikely that Zidane and the other Real Madrid seniors could be completely fine with this deal going through as Kylian Mbappe, who may be worth 300 million euros is their primary objective. Moreover, youth development is key at the Valdebebas and signing the City superstar could affect the project tremendously.