The trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos has dominated world football for the past decade. The combination will undoubtedly go down as one of the most feared midfield trios of all time, winning back to back Champions League titles.
However, all three players are now on the wrong side of 30 and cracks have begun to appear in their game. The best example is the recent Clasico where Barcelona’s young midfield completely undid Real Madrid.
One of the priorities heading into the summer transfer window is to strengthen the middle of the park. The idea is to look for a versatile player who can cover a multitude of positions if required.
According to reports from SPORT vis Fichajes, Carlo Ancelotti has identified Fabian Ruiz as the ideal candidate. He is a staunch admirer of the Spanish midfielder and has asked for his signing numerous times before.
The former Real Betis star is seen as a player capable of playing in all three midfield positions. Moreover, his good eye for long balls and his composure in the final third make him the perfect piece to fit in Ancelotti’s side.
The Italians had set an €80 million price tag on their star last year, but the situation has now changed. Ruiz could be available for a fee of €40-50 million based on the variables included and comes at a bargain.
In 23 starts in Serie A this season, the 25-year-old has scored six goals and provided three assists. He has created three big chances and averages 1.2 key passes per game.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo