The departure of Sergio Ramos marked the end of an era for Real Madrid, who cruised under the Spaniard’s heroics for over a decade.
Moreover, the simultaneous exit of Rafael Varane meant both of the club’s starting centre-back would not continue at the Santiago Bernabeu. Needless to say, there was a lot of scepticism over the defence heading into the new season.
Enter David Alaba and Eder Militao. The new pairing had a shaky start but eventually stitched up a formidable partnership for Los Blancos. In 29 games so far this season, Ancelotti’s side have only conceded 25 goals.
The one void in the team, however, is the lack of a strong backup for central defence. According to reports from Fichajes, the Madrid based club have identified three players who could strengthen their ranks.
Jules Kounde, Pau Torres, and Wesley Fofana are the three options being evaluated by the club. Each one comes with its own set of challenges and benefits.
Kounde has been Sevilla’s standout defender for the past two seasons and has attracted international interest from Chelsea. The Andalusian club demand a fee of €70 million for their young asset, a fee that is considered high by many suitors.
Meanwhile, Fofana was one of the most important cogs of Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City. While he has played just the 78 minutes through the entire campaign this time around, he was a mammoth last season.
In 27 league starts, he averaged 2.2 interceptions, 1.8 tackles, three clearances and seven duels won per game. Last year, the French international also revealed that it was his dream to play for Los Blancos.
The final profile that interests the club is Pau Torres. The 25-year-old has become one of the mainstays for both Villarreal and La Roja and has maintained ten clean sheets in 26 games. The youngster is valued at around €50 million and could be a good value for money option for the Spanish giants.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.