Despite booking their place in the quarterfinal stage of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid are already planning ahead for the future, in what could be a busy summer ahead.
While the club’s reported pursuit of Kylian Mbappe has been well documented, it appears Los Merengues are also aiming to address other glaring issues in the team, with the right-back department emerging as a priority.
Indeed, Real Madrid are keen on adding some much-needed competition for Dani Carvajal, whose inconsistent performances have been questioned in recent weeks.
According to a recent report from Fichajes, Real Madrid have identified three potential options at right-back in an attempt to beef up the options in the wide defensive role next season.
The club’s primary target is Dodo, who is currently plying his trade at Shakhtar Donetsk. Formerly of Coritiba FC, the Brazilian is widely regarded as one of the best right-backs in Ukraine and has been effective with his ability to provide width going forward.
The 23-year-old has racked up an impressive 17 assists for Shakhtar in less than 100 competitive appearances. He is also a former Brazil youth international, potentially making him a smart long-term investment for Real Madrid.
Dodo is not the only option, however, as Perez is also keeping an eye on Alvaro Odriozola. The former Real Sociedad starlet never had the best of times at the Bernabeu or even during his loan spell at Bayern.
But the Real Madrid camp are aware of his swift revival at Fiorentina, having established himself as a first-team regular for La Viola, with a total of 22 league appearances so far.
Odrizola has racked up consistent performances in Serie A, which is welcome news for Real Madrid, who can possibly offload him for a higher value in the summer. But it appears the club’s hierarchy would ideally keep hold of his services and grant him his former role of being a competitor to Carvajal at right-back.
The final option Real Madrid are looking at is Sergio Santos. The 21-year-old is currently registered to RM Castilla and has been one of the best performers for the youth team this season.
Santos had notably made his La Liga debut earlier in the season, featuring as a late substitute in the win over RCD Mallorca. Real Madrid are hoping to grant him a promotion to the senior side next season, effectively giving him the opportunity to compete with Carvajal for a place in the first-team.
Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million
With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.
One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.
The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.
It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.
It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.
The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.
This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.
The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.
PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.
So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.