While media outlets focus on Real Madrid’s pursuit of forwards, not much is spoken about the other reinforcements needed. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland would undoubtedly make Los Blancos a fearsome team, but the defence requires as much attention.
The situation at right-back is dire. While Dani Carvajal is no longer the player he used to be, Lucas Vazquez is not a natural fullback. The need for a new right-back is real.
According to reports from Transfers.com, Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Pedro Porro. The Sporting CP right-back has been phenomenal in the Primeira Liga, scoring three goals and providing four assists in just 14 starts.
The Portuguese club demand a fee of close to €30 million for their star. However, the player still promises to be a value-for-money option at that price.
Porro is one of the defensively most astute players in the Portuguese top-flight, producing two tackles, an interception, a clearance and five duels won per 90 minutes. At the same time, he averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created seven big chances.
One worrying facet of the right-back’s game is his susceptibility to injury. In 2021/22, he has already missed 92 days of action through muscular injuries.
At just 22-years of age, Porro promises not only quality but also longevity. However, the one factor against his signing is the fact that the Galacticos recently invested in a young right-back in Vinicius Tobias.
Real Madrid have been linked with the Spanish player in the past too. However, they must act fast for the youngster has attracted interest from across the globe.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.