The debacle calls the market

“They have subdued us”. That is the summary, spoken by Dani Carvajal, from City-Real Madrid. A match where the 14-time champion fell short. By intention, soccer. In the white squad there is a lot of future, a lot of cash that will support Madrid to come: Vinicius, Rodrygo, Camavinga, Valverde, Militao… But the Manchester debacle, not because of what, but because of how –“You can lose on penalties, overtime, 2-1, 2-0… but 4-0 is very hard”, lamented Courtois-, places the focus at the moment in the summer period. Signings to restructure a squad that needs brushstrokes. The Etihad disaster calls the market.

The first name that rises to the fore is that of Jude Bellingham. It already was, but now much more. The 19-year-old midfielder from Borussia Dortmund, identified as Modric’s heir to lead the white engine room, is the great objective for 2023. An operation that has already been unleashed. The key? The ‘yes’ of the left-handed man from Stourbridge to Real Madrid that advanced this newspaper. Decision that has placed the ball in the white court. It’s time to negotiate with youn Dortmund who wants 150 million euros, against the 100 who do not want to exceed from the Paseo de la Castellana. Therein lies the crux of the maneuver. After the supreme slippage in the Madrid midfield in Manchester, with a Modric and a Kroos blurred by Rodri, Gündogan and company, the need to speed up the Bellingham operation gains ground.

Bellingham celebrates his recent goal against Gladbach.
Bellingham celebrates his recent goal against Gladbach.THILO SCHMUELGENREUTERS

AND If Bellingham did not land because a swerve took place, plan B is Gabri Veiga. It seems that the English international and the Celta midfielder are communicating vessels. At 20 years old, Veiga’s irruption has been supersonic. reach the elite kiss the saint… and leave Vigo. This is the path that is drawn on the horizon of one of the great jewels of the market. Madrid does not take an eye off him as an alternative, as neither do Liverpool, City, United or Barça. As well as Dortmund itself, which, according to Bild, has identified him as his new Bellingham to end up flying Jude from Signal Iduna Park. That Modric and Kroos finally continue until 2024 does not change the outlook or Madrid’s objectives for 2023. Something that, yes, would affect a Ceballos who links his continuity to his importance in the project…

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Although another position that appears indicated in the tie against City is that of 9. Without Benzema, or with a minor Benzema, nothing absolute. Karim will also continue until 2024, at which time, in addition to the arrival of Endrick, the assault on Haaland or Mbappé will take place, if the conditions desired by Madrid occur. That is, that the Norwegian, who will have a clause to leave the Premier, make the decision to leave City for the new Santiago Bernabéu; And that Kylian does not make use of his player option to extend his contract until 2025, landing free in the white team. However, there is a bridge season, 2023-24. There prevails the need to find a footballer who does not leave Benzema, who will turn 36 in December, alone in the face of danger. Or before the rival goal.

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“Real Madrid, when you cancel Vinicius, they have no plan B”. This is how Kyle Walker summed up how to inhibit the white danger after City’s victory. And hence there is internal debate. The problem is the context and what the market offers. There are two plausible names: Dusan Vlahovic and Harry Kane. The 23-year-old Serbian, as reported by AS, was about to leave for an English team in the winter market in exchange for around 120 million euros and will be rumored meat in the summer period after a faltering season at Juve (13 goals in 40 games). While Kane, PSG target and whose level is unquestionable (29 goals in 47 games), has not renewed with Tottenham. Negotiations are not advancing and his relationship with the spurs It expires in 2024. Assets that would file down edges in a thorny negotiation for Daniel Levy being on the other side of the table. Although his age, associative battering ram profile and the impossibility of him accepting a secondary role when the time came complicate the potential decision.

And the unknown on the sides

The last call for attention is on the sides. Both on the right and on the left. Carvajal, at 31, does not have a natural replacement on the squad other than Lucas Vázquez. And one of the players who draws the most attention to the white entity to reinforce the position of face to the near future is Reece James. Young (23 years old), experienced and with a profile that fits perfectly into the idea of ​​the club. Very complex operation due to having a contract until 2028 and not be the Chelsea club seller. Although the excesses of the Boehly era could well force them to seek cash and few players with a bigger market than James. Madrid remains attentive in case a change of variables in the equation allows them to move token.

While the name noted on the agenda for the opposite side, Alphonso Davies, does not gain weight until 2024. As reported by AS, he is the one chosen to reinforce the ‘3’ lane. With a contract until 2025, when entering his last year it will be easier to plot the assault and force Bayern to a potential sale. This summer Fran García lands, but with Alaba who is central for Ancelotti and, above all, the diminishing performance of Ferland Mendy, at the club they do not consider that the left back is insured for the future. If an attractive offer came for a Mendy who has lost weight, hand in hand with a wobbly physique, the merengue entity would not look at it with bad eyes. Hence Davies is part of the scrappage scheme. Without the Champions League and without the League, it is time to make decisions at Real Madrid.

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