The FIFA World Cup is not only the most prestigious tournament in the world but also the biggest stage in the game for players to make their mark and announce their arrival. Understandably, clubs across the globe maintain tabs on the top performers at the event as a part of their scouting regime.
Real Madrid are looking for a massive overhaul next summer, especially given that they want to clear the deadwood. The signing of Jude Bellingham could get complicated due to the sheer number of interested parties, and Los Blancos are still in the process of identifying names to add to the arrival list.
According to reports from SPORT, Florentino Perez is interested in bringing the young Argentine star Enzo Fernandez to Santiago Bernabeu from Benfica.
The youngster has become a household name in less than 48 hours after his world-class goal for Argentina against Mexico on Saturday. From a very tight angle, he curled the ball past Guillermo Ochoa from a distance to double his team’s lead and secure all three points during the nervy closing minutes.
His arrival would add significant depth to Real Madrid’s midfield which already boasts of quality in Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and possibly Jude Bellingham.
In 13 league games so far for Benfica this season, Fernandez has scored one goal and provided three assists. He averages two key passes per ninety minutes and also over seven defensive actions per game.
The midfielder is under contract with the Portuguese side until the summer of 2027.
A combination of his long-term deal and the World Cup will contribute to a rapid rise in his market value in the coming weeks, and Real Madrid must be prepared to shell out a premium if they are to win his services.
Further, Barcelona are also interested in bringing the Argentine superstar, which only fuel both clubs’ pursuit.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.