A major revamp in the defensive department is in store for Real Madrid amid lingering doubts over the futures of some important players.
Real Madrid continue to look for clarity over the futures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos at the club and they finally seem to have achieved what they were looking for, according to El Confidencial. The Whites are in for a massive defensive overhaul prior to next season, considering the situations of Ramos and Varane.
Varane has decided to leave the club. The Frenchman’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in 2022 and the idea in the Spanish capital is to sell him this summer itself rather than see him walk out for free next year. The 28-year-old is keen on returning to his home country and Paris Saint-Germain looks like the ideal destination for him.
A few days ago, Varane was offered an extension to his contract as per Marca, but the World Cup winner did not reply to it and has now made a decision. However, there is good news with regard to Sergio Ramos, who has decided to stay. The Spaniard looked like leaving the club over a contract dispute, but will now accept what the club offers him.
Sergio Ramos will put pen to paper on a deal that would see his salary decrease by 10% than the figure he previously earned, and will stay at the club for one year. Provided consistently good displays and an improvement in Real Madrid’s financial situation, Ramos will be offered another deal on a year-by-year basis due to his age.
He was the subject of interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain; however, it did not materialize. City, although supposedly keen on him, did not make a move for Ramos because of his age, whereas joining PSG and the Ligue 1 was seen as a downward step in the central defender’s camp.
Moreover, Ramos’ family was also a decisive force in ensuring his seemingly imminent stay at Real Madrid. His wife, Pilar Rubio, is a television personality working in the Spanish capital, thus making her stay in the city a must. The club has now shortlisted three replacement for Varane too.
Jules Kounde and Pau Torres are the options on Madrid’s radar from La Liga itself and Aymeric Laporte is also being considered. Kounde has revealed that he will leave Sevilla this summer but the Andalusians will demand a sum of 60 million euros at the very least. Acquiring Torres from Villarreal would cost similarly, but Laporte is a slightly cheaper option.
Laporte has lost his place to John Stones and Ruben Dias in the Manchester City eleven and is keen on regular football. As a matter of fact, he wants to return to Spain, particularly to the capital, and has kept the door open to either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid. The Citizens are open to the prospect of selling him during the summer.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico side is not in need of any central defender and so, Los Rojiblancos are unlikely to make an inquest into signing Laporte. Real Madrid though could benefit from his signing. Laporte, 27, is entering the prime of his career and will be a cheaper option than Kounde and Torres, whilst bringing in experience from the Premier League too.
He is a superb passer of the ball and an aerial threat from set-pieces too. Defensively, his qualities make him an outstanding option as well. Laporte reads the game very well and is great at man-marking his opponent. Although not the fastest of players, his brilliant positioning is an asset and allows him to perform well even when the team is pressing higher up the pitch.
Besides renewing with Ramos and signing a new central defender, Real Madrid consider Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez crucial parts of the roster for the upcoming season as well. Marcelo, despite being on the transfer list is keen on staying at the club. Alvaro Odriozola has been told that he can leave as he isn’t part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
David Alaba has been signed as a free agent and his versatility will prove to be a massive asset. The Austrian will be employed as a full-back more often than not if the Merengues sign a centre-back in the ongoing transfer window, but can play in such a role apart from the midfield and the attacking flanks. Ferland Mendy though will be the undisputed left-back.
Los Blancos have also managed to hold onto Lucas Vazquez, who has adapted himself brilliantly as a right-back in recent years. Dani Carvajal, who was injured for the majority of last season will be part of the squad as well, and similar to his full-back counterpart, Mendy, the Spanish right-back is an indispensable member of the squad too.