Real Madrid’s midfield has become a talking point for the world of football. Despite Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro being on the wrong side of 30, they produce consistently excellent performances.
However, it is the harsh reality that the trio will not be at the club in a few years. Modric is not expected to stay beyond next season, and Kroos is rumoured to be considering retirement after the World Cup.
That said, the club are busy scouting replacements for their legendary trio. According to reports from TyC Sports and Diario Ole (h/t TheMadridZone), they have identified River Plate’s Enzo Fernandez as a possible option.
The Argentine has been an undisputed starter for both Marcelo Gallardo and Lionel Scaloni’s side this season.
Fernandez plays as an attacking midfielder, preferably on the right side of the field. What makes him invaluable to his managers are his creative output and immense work rate.
He has accumulated a whopping 954 minutes under his belt, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process. Moreover, he is considered one of Argentina’s brightest young talents.
At just 21 years of age, the midfielder has a long career ahead of him. He averages 2.5 key passes per game and has created five big chances in the league alone.
Real Madrid already have Eduardo Camavinga who plays in a similar situation. However, should they get Fernandez on a budget deal, it would not hurt Carlo Ancelotti to have more than one option at his disposal.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.