Barcelona’s midfield of Xavi, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Iniesta dominated the world of football for years on end before Real Madrid created their own beast in the form of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and of course, Casemiro.
With Modric 36, and Kroos 32, this incredible midfield is heading into its twilight years, but Madrid have the likes of Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga to fall back on as central midfielders.
As for Casemiro, the search for his long term replacement is going on, and it seems Florentino Perez and co. have identified AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni as his successor. The club, according to MARCA, is ‘in love’ with the player.
The French midfielder has gained quite a few followers across Europe over the course of the season, and Monaco want to capitalise on the same by slapping a €60 million price tag on him.
Tchouameni, who can play both as a central midfielder and as a defensive midfielder, is lauded for his incredible defensive acumen. With 139 interceptions, 185 tackles, and 450 ball recoveries in 2021, the proof is in the pudding.
As such, the 22-year-old can serve as a direct replacement for Casemiro, who is quite the defender himself. Playing with him can only go to benefit Tchouameni, and for the Brazilian, it could serve as a much-needed boost given his less-than-ideal form this season.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.