As things stand, it isn’t a hot take to suggest that no club in Europe possesses the strength-in-depth in midfield than Real Madrid.
While Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are up there some of the best midfielders to have played the game, the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga have the potential to be one of the best players in their respective roles in the world one day.
Add the versatile Federico Valverde to the mix, as well as a utility player such as Dani Carvajal as well, and Los Blancos have an array of top-drawer options in the middle of the park. However, a fresh update suggests that Carlo Ancelotti’s men are eyeing the addition of yet another incredible midfielder to their ranks.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are set to be one of the many elite clubs that will be in the race to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer of 2023.
Further details suggest that the European champions have set their sights on the generational talent for a long time.
The England international’s potential arrival could be seen as a plan to ease the side’s transition from the ageing duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, considering Casemiro has been moved on to Manchester United this season.
Alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, Jude Bellingham could be viewed as the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle to reinvent the club’s midfield for years on end.
After all, at just 19 years of age, the ex-Birmingham City icon is hailed as a rare prospect in world football, due to his ability to operate across all three roles in midfield without breaking a sweat.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.