Having to deal with multiple transfer targets simultaneously whilst being certain about none, Real Madrid’s approach to the transfer market has been confused.
With every passing hour, the future of the team’s midfield grows increasingly unclear. Toni Kroos now seems closer to hanging up his boots in May than staying while Luka Modric at 37 is in the final phase of his career too.
Jude Bellingham has largely been hailed as Los Blancos’ saviour amidst the ambiguity. The English midfielder is thought of as the future of Real Madrid’s midfield alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.
But negotiations with Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to be easy, while there is intense competition for the Englishman’s signing as well.
Thus, the club scouted Enzo Fernandez as a possible alternative signing, but that cloud too seems to be passing according to Gaston Edul.
The Argentine journalist reports that Chelsea are best placed to sign the Albiceleste star. Further, the London-based side are willing to shell out his €120 million release clause to facilitate his arrival.
Real Madrid are now stuck at a critical juncture and must make a decision quickly. Pursuing Bellingham could be an operation of over €120 million in fees, and there has been skepticism over whether the Merengues are willing to spend such a sum.
Fernandez could be the candidate, but time is running out in the race to sign him. Moreover, his arrival with not be an economically pleasing procedure either.
The Benfica star scored one goal and provided one assist at the FIFA World Cup for champions Argentina. His exploits on football’s biggest stage also earned him the Best Young Player award in the tournament.
Recent reports had suggested that Bellingham is favouring a move to Real Madrid over Liverpool, which should give the Spanish giants a boost.
The 19-year-old has always been the club’s priority and if he is ready to move to the Bernabeu, Fernandez’s potential move to Chelsea is unlikely to be seen as a blow.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.