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Real Madrid change transfer strategy after Jovic, Hazard failures: Must meet all criteria



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There has been a tangible shift in Real Madrid’s transfer strategy in recent seasons. The club have moved from their usual free-spending spirit into a more conservative mindset, splashing cash only when absolutely required.

Further, there is an element of increased trust in rising talents and scouting new recruits early in their footsteps to stardom.

According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), the sudden change in Real Madrid’s approach is directly linked to the wounds of recent transfer windows.

The moves of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, amongst others, has heavily impacted not only the Merengues financially but also from a sporting perspective. Thus, the Galacticos are clear that they do not want to fall prey to similar transfers in the future.

Now, Real Madrid only believe in signing a player if he meets all the requirements. This includes the financial element, the chance of his success at Santiago Bernabeu, experience and age amongst others.

The benefits of enhanced scouting are conspicuous in the recent summer transfer window. Real Madrid made just two major acquisitions in June — Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni. The former took a while, but seems to have finally found a place in Ancelotti’s setup.

The centre-back has almost become a non-negotiable in the Italian manager’s setup, regularly starting across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Tchouameni has completely negated the void created by Casemiro’s departure and is one of the club’s best signings in recent seasons.

Looking ahead to the summer of 2023, Florentino Perez eyes Jude Bellingham as the marquee signing. Yet, once again, the English midfielder will only be brought in if an agreement can be found at the right price. The failure to tick the economic box will result in the Merengues abandoning the objective.

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Real Madrid identify two positions that need strengthening in the summer – report



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According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid have two objectives for the upcoming summer transfer window. The centre-forward and the right-wing position are seen as the two positions to be reinforced but no decision has been made yet about making a move.

This comes over and above the Merengues’ pre-existing need for new midfielders and full-backs in the coming windows.

At first sight, it may appear that Los Blancos are well stacked in the final third. In Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema and Rodrygo Goes, they have three starting quality players who are well-complemented by the likes of Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde.

Yet, Vinicius is the only player on the aforementioned list who can boast of a starting role in a fixed position for at least the next decade.

There is worry over the centre-forward role considering Benzema’s lack of form and fitness throughout the current campaign. With the Ballon d’Or winner already 35, the club need a young reinforcement soon which is evident with the team’s struggle for goals this term.

Los Blancos have already invested heavily in Endrick in this regard. However, that has not stopped them from following established options like Dusan Vlahovic and Erling Haaland as their Brazilian wonderkid will not arrive until 2024.

The right wing is also understaffed despite the presence of young Rodrygo and Fede Valverde. The duo have no dearth of talent but have not managed to click on the wing as well as the manager would have liked.

Thus, it remains to be seen as to who the club targets to strengthen the wing and aim to stretch the play. Given the heavy investment planned for Jude Bellingham, a low-cost option is likely to be considered.

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