If Dani Carvajal’s latest display during the Madrid Derby is anything to go by, he remains one of the standout right-backs in world football to this day.
While the Spanish international was in top touch towards the backend of the last term, some Madridistas have even gone as far as to say that the club legend may have rediscovered his form during his prime.
Jordi Alba, who plies his trade for arch-rivals Barcelona has certainly taken notice of his fellow countryman’s performances and reserved special praise for him.
“He has been at a high level for many years, he is very competitive. He is the best at his position in recent years. Too bad to have him in the rival. We are very good friends,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
While Alba is arguably the Blaugrana’s greatest ever left-back, his admiration for Carvajal just shows how much respect the Los Blancos youth product commands within the game.
Despite injuries playing a major part in halting the 30-year-old’s career, he has returned time and again and proved his mettle at the elite level.
Considering the Barça icon has competed in high-profile clashes and won silverware against Dani Carvajal, he has a true understanding of the comprehensive skillset possessed by his rival.
Since returning from a loan spell from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, the five-time Champions League winner has been a mainstay at the back for the side from the Spanish capital.
It is also key to remember that the likes of alternatives such as now-PSG star Achraf Hakimi and Alvaro Odriozola could never usurp him to stake a claim in the team.
Alba has put his rivalry with Real Madrid aside to appreciate the greatness of the one and only Carvajal, as the two gear up to represent Spain at the UEFA Nations League over the next couple of weeks.
Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.