Analysis: Should Real Madrid’s Next Big Recruit Be a €80 million Defender?
Real Madrid, the Spanish Giants are looking to have a major rebuild this summer after a shock dismal season in La Liga. The biggest question of all, who should they seek to recruit and in what position? Many would argue that a big money defender should be their priority.
An Unfamiliar Crisis
In the modern era of huge spending, it’s unusual for Real Madrid to be in the market for a player whose price tag could potentially exceed €80 million. The Madrid board have traditionally favoured signing mid-market players and promoting youth academy players, culminating in their treble winning 2017/18 season.
Vaunted defensive line-up?
Real Madrid have been in need of a major defensive re-building for years now. A proper long-term solution should mean signing a defender that could be the cornerstone of their defence for the next 5-10 years. Talents such as Pau Torres, Dayott Upamecano and Raphael Varane have all thrown their names into the hat when it comes to the potential next “big recruit” for Los Blancos.
Benefits of signing a big-money defender
An influx of quality reinforcements at the back could lead to an upturn in Madrid’s fortunes, particularly given the current lack of defensive solidity and leadership in the squad. The injection of a top-level defender could also lead to increased competition levels within the squad. Potential perks include:
- An proficient shot-stopper: A highly competent goalkeeper capable of producing world-class performances would bring discipline to the backline.
- A leader at the back: A commanding and experienced presence capable of leading by example and taking the lead in defensive positions.
- An improved defensive structure: Signing a defender of such high calibre would increase the overall defensive organisation and allow for a stronger focus on retaining possession and high-pressing.
Real Madrid should seek to invest heavily in their defence, particularly in the wake of their disappointing campaign this season. Although a hefty transfer fee of €80 million would come with some risks, the potential benefits of signing a prominent defender should be attractive enough for the Spanish juggernauts to consider it.